Navigating The New Rules For Nicotine Vaping For Australian Doctors

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As of 1 October 2021, Australians seeking access to nicotine vaping products will need a doctor’s prescription.  This aligns with current domestic restrictions under State and Territory law that prohibit the supply of nicotine containing e-cigarettes in Australia without a valid medical prescription. This decision by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has been created to  … 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

What you need to know about Professional and Medical Indemnity Insurance in Australia

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Professional Indemnity Insurance is a mandatory condition of registration for all health practitioners in Australia. In other words you must have professional indemnity insurance in Australia if you are an allied health professional that complies with the relevant registration standard, for all aspects of their practice. Health professions include; chiropractors, dentists (also dental hygienists, dental  … Read more

Medical Malpractice Insurance Claims Examples

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Why you need Medical Malpractice Insurance  As healthcare businesses evolve they face new and unexpected challenges, so it is essential that they have  adequate insurance to cover them for the wide variety of claims which can arise from previously unforeseen circumstances. Often practices expect that their doctors’ own indemnity insurance policies will cover them in   … Read more

The Regulation Of Nicotine Is Being Strengthened In Australia

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From 1 October 2021, the Poisons Standard clarified the regulation of nicotine as a Schedule 4 medicine. This includes nicotine for use in e-cigarettes, e-juice, heat-not-burn tobacco products and other novel nicotine products, even if no therapeutic claim is made. This scheduling change aligns with state and territory laws, which prohibit the sale or possession  … Read more

Mandatory Notifications- What You Need To Know

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What is a mandatory notification? Notifying the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the National Boards about a concern that a health or medical practitioner may be putting public safety at risk is called a ‘notification’. Anyone can make a voluntary notification about a health practitioner, but by law, registered health practitioners, employers and education  … Read more

AHPRA & The National Board’s Audit Policy

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The Australian National Board has developed a consistent approach to auditing health and medical practitioners’ compliance with mandatory registration standards. For health and medical professionals it is essential to understand the audit process. By adhering to the mandatory registration standards, medical professionals are demonstrating to their community and the Boards that they are aware and  … Read more

How Medical Practitioners Manage Patient Concerns

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For Australian medical practitioners to maintain a safe and professional workplace, they must respond professionally when a patient has a concern.  Adverse events due to unsafe care is likely one of the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the world. Safe, professional responses by practitioners and their workplaces help us to keep current  … Read more

Six Australian Medical Board Obligations

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The Medical Board of Australia: registers medical practitioners and medical students; develops standards, codes and guidelines for the medical profession;  investigates notifications and complaints about medical practitioners;  where necessary, conducts panel hearings and refers serious matters to Tribunal hearings;  assesses international medical graduates who wish to practise in Australia; and  approves accreditation standards and accredited  … Read more

What You Need To Know About Covid-19 In 2021

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Covid-19 Vaccinations  We have been collegiately working with the other four Medical Indemnity Insurers in Australia to ensure consistency across the industry and to lobby the government on behalf of the medical profession. It is critical that we work together on these important issues as the COVID-19 situation changes. The effect of the pandemic has  … Read more