Applications are sought from registered medical practitioners and members of the community to fill multiple upcoming vacancies on the following medical boards due to the scheduled expiry of terms of appointment:
Applications for the National Board close Monday 19 February 2018.
Applications for the state and territory boards close Monday 26 February 2018.
Further information is available on the Medical Board website (National Board vacancies and state and territory board vacancies).
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New members have been appointed to three state and territory medical boards.
New board members have been announced in Victoria, South Australia and Northern Territory. The following members are appointed:
The Board welcomes your feedback on proposed changes to its guidelines on sexual boundaries.
The guidelines make clear the importance of maintaining sexual boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship and the standards of ethical and professional conduct expected of doctors by the Board, professional peers and the community.
The proposed changes in this scheduled review include:
Both the current and draft revised guidelines complement the Board’s code, Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia.
The Board welcomes feedback on the draft revised guidelines, which are available on the consultation page of the Board’s website.
Please provide written submissions by email, marked: ‘Draft revised guidelines: Sexual boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship’ to medboardconsultation by close of business on 29 March 2018.
We will generally publish submissions to consultations. More information about the consultation process is available in the consultation paper.
The medical profession-specific annual report summary for 2016/17 has now been published.
The information provides a snapshot of the profession as at 30 June 2017, and includes the number of applications for registration, outcomes of criminal history checks and segmentation of the registrant base by gender, age, registration type and principal place of practice.
Notifications information includes the number of complaints or concerns received, matters opened and closed during the year, types of complaint, monitoring and compliance and matters involving immediate action.
From the report:
To download this report, or to view the main 2016/17 annual report, visit the AHPRA website.
The Board has approved the following:
Specialist colleges' programs of study
Medical schools' programs of study
There are important lessons for registered medical practitioners from tribunal decisions. The Medical Board of Australia refers the most serious concerns about medical practitioners to tribunals in each state and territory. Cases published recently include:
Two decisions relating to an appeal have been published:
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), on behalf of the 14 National Boards, publishes a record of panel, court and tribunal decisions about registered health practitioners.
When investigating a notification, the Medical Board may refer a medical practitioner to a health panel hearing, or a performance and professional standards panel hearing. Under the National Law1, panel hearings are not open to the public. AHPRA publishes a record of panel hearing decisions made since July 2010. Practitioners’ names are not published, consistent with the requirements of the National Law.
Summaries of tribunal or court cases are published at Court and tribunal decisions on the AHPRA website. The Board and AHPRA sometimes choose to not publish summaries, for example about cases involving practitioners with impairment.
In NSW and Queensland, different arrangements are in place. More information is available on AHPRA’s website on the Make a complaint page.
1The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory
Please note: Practitioners are responsible for keeping up to date with the Board’s expectations about their professional obligations. The Board publishes standards, codes and guidelines as well as alerts in its newsletter. If you unsubscribe from this newsletter you are still required to keep up to date with information published on the Board’s website.
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For registration enquiries or contact detail changes, call the AHPRA customer service team on 1300 419 495 (from within Australia).