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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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A young doctor's advice
4 Dec 2017
Life as a junior doctor can be tough. Especially as an intern. Indeed, it’s often the intern or resident (RMO) who has the closest patient contact under a team and acts as the first port of call when things go awry.
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Are you meeting AHPRA's indemnity requirements?
1 Dec 2017
What happens if I don't have adequate indemnity cover? Healthcare practitioners in Australia are not allowed to be 'under-insured' as this contravenes the AHPRA registration requirement for practitioners to have appropriate indemnity cover for ...
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A facelift for cosmetic regulations
1 Dec 2017
The Queensland Government is restricting the location where doctors may perform major cosmetic surgery such as facelifts, tummy tucks, breast or penis enlargements, deltoid or bicep implants and other procedures.
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AHPRA chaperone recommendations
28 Nov 2017
The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency released a status report on 4 August 2017, on the implementation of the recommendations from the Independent review of the use of chaperones.
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The mind matters
21 Nov 2017
Tomorrow’s future healthcare practitioners represent a subgroup of the medical profession who are increasingly facing greater risk of poor mental health.
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