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Changes to mandatory reporting have just been approved by the the Queensland Parliament in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.
The Australasian Doctors' Health Network is particularly concerned to ensure that patients are protected AND that doctors are not subjected to unwarranted anxiety, or deterred from seeking help when needed.
Doctors who treat other doctors also need to know that they are not required to report a colleague whose behaviour does not suggest that they pose any risk to patients.
In Western Australia, the mandatory reporting amendment is clear and evidence-based; it offers a balance between maintaining safety for the public (enabling doctors to be reported when necessary) and ensuring that doctors with health problems can seek timely access to care without unnecessary stress. The ADHN supports the principle of a national approach that upholds these principles.
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