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Potential exposure to complaints
2 Mar 2018
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 when either deliberately or inadvertently tre ...
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Always learning - volunteering in Papua New Guinea
2 Mar 2018
After 15 years of medical training, Rob Mitchell, Senior Registrar tells of his time volunteering in Papua New Guinea with Australian Volunteers International.
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Sorry is not a dirty word
2 Mar 2018
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 practitioners, accepting that we make mistakes is e ...
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Dealing with bad online reviews
1 Mar 2018
At some point, we have all 'Googled' our names, right? Imagine finding your name along with a star rating on a website accompanied with comments about your professional conduct? Websites such as RateMD, Whitecoat, Facebook and Yellow Pages all o ...
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TGA regulated Autologous human cell and tissue products
1 Mar 2018
In December 2017, the Australian Government decided that regulation of autologous human cell and tissue products including stem cell treatments must be implemented. Stem cells have been safely and effectively used to treat disorders of the bloo ...
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New fit to fly rules for pilots
1 Mar 2018
All GPs will be able to provide the certification in contrast to previous practice. Previously, doctors who certified medical fitness for pilots were required to be appointed as a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) by CASA.
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Membership renewal 2018
1 Mar 2018
Undertaking practice not covered under your membership classification (for example level of ‘private’ billings stated) may prejudice your rights to insurance cover in the event you require assistance. To ensure that you are appropriately covered ...
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AHPRA upscheduling of codeine
1 Mar 2018
The Therapeutic Goods Administration upscheduled codeine to a Schedule 4 prescription only drug, which came into effect on 1 February 2018.
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Emergency care in PNG
26 Feb 2018
Australian volunteer Dr Rob Mitchell is an Emergency Medicine Registrar at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. In 2014, he worked in a hospital in Madang, Papua New Guinea aiming to improve the delivery of emergency care in rural PNG. Below ...
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Avoiding common employee contract disputes
6 Dec 2017
A written agreement is easier to defend than a handshake. However, before signing an employment contract, you should be very clear on the key clauses relating to indemnity, insurance or restraints. It is essential that you carefully read your co ...
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