Saving lives - an open letter to junior doctors
31 Jan 2020
Dear junior doctors, You are only a few weeks on the wards, young and full of equal amounts of enthusiasm and trepidation. I remember clearly the mix of excitement and fear and the huge sense of pride at having completed medical school, but als ...
Providing healthcare in bushfire affected areas
16 Jan 2020
Any natural disaster be it fire or flood doesn't change your indemnity cover for the healthcare you provide. All MIPS members have indemnity cover for Good Samaritan Acts and the normal requirements of healthcare and healthcare records apply for ...
AHPRA takes immediate action as notifications increase
29 Nov 2019
AHPRA took immediate action 178 times against medical and dental practitioners in 2018/19 and mandatory notifications increased by almost 40% to 395. Immediate action such as suspension of registration is only taken by AHPRA where they perceive ...
What to do when the Coroner calls
27 Nov 2019
The threshold for making a reportable death is very high. Each coroner’s court has its own state/territory jurisdiction so what qualifies as a reportable death varies slightly in each state and territory. If you are unsure if a death is reportab ...
Are your billings up for review?
27 Nov 2019
In the last two years the Government agency that protects the Australian taxpayer from footing the bill for ‘inappropriate practice’, the Professional Servicers Review (PSR), has increased recoveries by 180%. The Government recognised the signif ...
Could I be held liable if I prescribe opiods?
21 Nov 2019
In Australia, opioids accounted for just over three deaths per day in 2018. Pharmaceutical opioids are present in over 70% of opioid-induced deaths and deaths were most common among middle aged men.
Medicare recovers debts and issues penalties
19 Nov 2019
Doctors and their employers will both be required to pay Medicare for debts from 1 July 2020. As part of significant amendments to the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth) to improve Medicare compliance, the Health Legislation Amendment (Improved Me ...
Clinical photos, what are your responsibilities?
10 Sep 2019
In a study of Australian healthcare practitioners use of mobile devices it was discovered that What’s App was the most common app for sharing messages and photos.* Its use is widespread in Australian hospitals from students through to consultant ...
The cost of repaying the PSR
2 Sep 2019
The Professional Services Review Scheme is a daunting and difficult process for any healthcare practitioner. In its administration of the Scheme, PSR is responsible for reviewing and examining possible inappropriate practice by practitioners whe ...
Should you trust data from fitness wearable devices?
30 Aug 2019
With the increased reliance on smartphones and new technologies, people are increasingly trusting data from health and fitness wearable devices such as the FitBit and the Apple Watch. Individuals are also taking a more empowered role in their he ...