How To Approach An Angry Patient

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Every healthcare professional knows that they will someday have to deal with an angry patient.  Sometimes the anger is directed at them and sometimes it’s more about the situation. Whatever the reason, the most important response is not to escalate the situation.  There are many possible causes for the anger, from being in pain or  … Read more


Updated Professional Practice Guideline For Australian Psychiatrists

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The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) recently released Professional Practice Guideline 11 (the Guideline).  The Guideline’s goal is to provide a basic standard of practice and to assist psychiatrists in observing their professional obligations, especially in relationship to reports and conducting independent medical examinations in medico-legal settings. Clarity must be sought  … Read more


Health impairment and conduct: a review of key cases

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Jayr Teng* Barrister A. INTRODUCTION The Medical Board of Australia (‘Board’) has broad powers which it may exercise when a medical practitioner practices whilst impaired. Having regard to this context, I have undertaken a review of cases that deal with how the Tribunals and Courts have dealt with medical practitioners who are impaired and the  … Read more