Cheap health cover can cost you
26 Feb 2020
On the surface paying less certainly appears more attractive, especially if you find a health cover that seems to meet your needs. But when offered a cheaper option, always check what’s been excluded to make it cheaper, and what you’ll be forfei ...
How to: Retiring from healthcare practice
26 Feb 2020
Preparing for retirement and knowing what steps to take in order to fulfil all your obligations to patients and colleagues can be stressful, but it can be made easier if you are well prepared. For example, in line with regulatory requirements M ...
Can age become an issue?
26 Feb 2020
As mature practitioners approach later life, their physical and cognitive capabilities may be called into question whilst practising. Practitioners have a legal duty of care to their patients and can be held liable for damage and injuries caused ...
AHPRA survey results
24 Feb 2020
76% of Australian doctors in training are working more than 40 hours on average per week, and one in eight of them are working at least 60 hours on average a week. AHPRA’s Medical Training Survey 2019 surveyed 9,378 doctors and is the first comp ...
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.