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Practice note 1 Apr 2010   Sorry is not a dirty word
It takes insight to accept that we make mistakes and that we learn from them. This is something we learn as children, struggle with in adolescence and still fail to do as adults. For healthcare practi ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2010   Potential exposure to complaints
Are you inadvertently at risk from treating patients located overseas? All members should understand their potential exposure to complaints, claims and regulatory action and their indemnity cover ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2010   Mandatory reporting 101
All practitioners have a professional and ethical obligation to protect and promote public health and safe healthcare and under the National Law. Health practitioners, employers and education provider ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The gentleman
Dr R, an intern, commenced a psychiatric rotation at a regional hospital. Upon needing to enter one of the floor levels, Dr R was faced with 2 secure doors, both requiring an access card. Dr R swiped ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The good samaritan
While working as a gynaecology registrar in a public hospital, Dr L treats a woman who has miscarried. A week later, on the way home, Dr L finds the patient crouched over at the train station. Dr L en ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The prescriber
Dr Z received correspondence from AHPRA threatening immediate action to suspend registration due to public safety concerns. AHPRA had received complaints from a few of Dr Z’s colleagues and a communit ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   Open Communication
Three weeks into his new placement, Dr Q attends a performance assessment with his consultant supervisor where he is criticised for his work ethic and skill level. Dr Q is shocked as he believes he is ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The falsely accused
Nurse P and PGY3 Dr S have a history of not getting along with each other, Nurse P often made complaints about Dr S’ practice. Including that Dr S recorded a clinical examination in patient notes that ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The apology
During a clinical round an intern supervised a student whilst they inserted a canula. Despite the student’s familiarity the procedure was problematic. After three failed attempts the intern inserted t ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The poor communicator
A patient arrives in the ED late at night with a sore and swollen groin, insisting that the pain is getting worse. The patient is seen by Dr P, who quickly suspects that the patient has a femoral hern ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The secret spillers
Two registrars working at the same hospital often confer with each other regarding patients in which they were involved. One day, they met in the lift and discussed the details of one of the patients. ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   Follow up
Dr Todd, a registrar, consulted a 52-year-old male with well managed hypertension that was experiencing high blood pressure readings. Dr Todd arranged for 24-hour Holter monitoring. The findings indic ...
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Case study 1 Apr 2013   The party doc
Dr L is a medical registrar in an accredited training position. Her colleague Dr T is a fellow trainee on the program, who has a reputation for being a ‘party boy’. He often arrives for work in the mo ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Working under pressure - a legal hazard
Practicing in the public sector compared to private practice presents different stresses and challenges. For junior practitioners, in particular the former can be very stressful and they may be more v ...
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Practice note 1 Apr 2013   Informed consent
The issue of informed consent arises repeatedly in dental cases. More often, the key factor is not the consent process and what was or was not communicated, but rather what was documented in the conte ...
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