New Bill Makes Changes to Run-off Cover (ROC)n Scheme

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ROCS is a Australian government scheme that provides eligible doctors with free of charge Medical Indemnity Insurance for their past private practice once they have ceased working. It is funded through a yearly 5% levy, the “ROCS support payment”, which is applied to all Medical Indemnity Premiums during a doctors practicing life. It is administered  … Read more

Major Changes To Universal Cover Obligations And The Implications For Medical Indemnity Insurers And Health Professionals

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In July 2020, Australia’s Department of Health specified that all medical indemnity insurers have universal cover obligations under legislation. They approved a new bill called the Medical and Midwife Indemnity Legislation Amendment Bill 2019. The Bill amends the: Medical Indemnity Act 2002. Medical Indemnity (Prudential Supervision and Product Standards) Act 2003 (MI(PS&PS) Act) Midwife Professional  … Read more

The Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements for Medical Practitioners

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For medical practitioners who operate under a contract with their practice owner, it is usual to expect that the contract will include a post-contractual restraint. That is, a provision which restricts the dentist’s conduct once they leave the practice. These may also be known as non-compete clauses. Doctors today must balance providing high-quality care with  … Read more

The Australian Royal Commission Releases Three Issue Papers

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The Royal Commission released the following three issues papers between 1 July and 31 December 2020: Safeguards and quality, released on 18 November 2020; Violence and abuse in the home, released on 2 December 2020; and Promoting an inclusive society, released on 4 December 2020. The Report outlines upcoming work that has been commissioned to:  … Read more

Noncompete Agreements and Medical Practitioners

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When is your restraint of trade clause unenforceable? The restraint of trade clause is a very old legal concept relating to the right of individuals to do business, or pursue a trade or profession, freely, without restraint. The general rule is that a restraint of trade is contrary to public policy and void, unless it  … Read more

Supporting NDIS Participants in Residential Aged Care

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There are around 4.3 million Australians who have a disability. Within the next five years, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide more than $22 billion in funding a year to an estimated 500,000 Australians who have permanent and significant disability. As a NDIS provider it is important you have processes in place to  … Read more

Significant Changes Ahead For The Aged Care Sector

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The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety put out their final report on 1 March 2021. The Commission findings resolved that Australia’s aged care system is displaying signs of substandard care . The Commission found that the system is unsustainable as well as unacceptable in its current form and “is not worthy of  … Read more

The Cloud – And Patient Health Information

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Everyone says they know what the cloud is. But technology keeps changing its definitions and services. One thing that is not changing is that the cloud provides a proactive and secure online storage solution that can help protect and store your patients health information. Say goodbye to your local hard drive or a paper files  … Read more

Renting Sessional Rooms For Your Medical Practice

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If you are a medical practitioner and you need to rent office space from a medical practitioner or practice owner who has appropriate facilities, there are measures you need to take to mitigate any risks. Medical Practice Insurance is one such measure. Here are our suggestions to keep your practice safe and protected.  Medical Indemnity  … Read more