New year – Fresh start

After a year of ‘curve balls’ we finally made it to 2021! No doubt there is still a long way to go, but with 2020 behind us and a lot of ‘firsts’ out of the way there is a sense of being better prepared for 2021 and starting the year with a more positive and proactive mindset.

Ahpra’s oversight of notications – Changes

In our last Bulletin, we foreshadowed changes to the way Ahpra / National Boards assess and investigate notifications. As these changes have now come into effect, we can share our experience (and our members’ experiences) of Ahpra’s notification management.

New Code of Conduct cautions against Self-Prescribing

MIGA’s Legal Services team receives numerous queries concerning legal and ethical issues around prescribing for self, family and colleagues as well as mandatory reporting obligations in this context. The legality of a health practitioner self-prescribing varies from State and Territory across Australia.

Featured Articles

What to consider when selling a medical practice

Preparation and planning are key, not to mention patience. After making a decision to sell, it may take several years to get the practice into a financial shape that will maximise the value of the business. If you are considering selling up so that you can retire or refocus, here are some matters to bear in mind before you take the plunge and find a new owner for the practice into which you have invested so much.

Midwives snapshot – Supporting pregnancy & childbirth during COVID-19

In these challenging times pregnant women will likely require more support, reassurance and advice in relation to pregnancy and childbirth. There is a range of practical COVID-19 advice online.

A vexing win? New processes for vexatious complaints

Receiving a complaint about your healthcare is never a pleasant experience. MIGA has been advocating around issues of vexatious complaints for some years. This includes in a Commonwealth Senate inquiry on the issue, arguing for further work by regulators around identifying what is a vexatious complaint, including additional training and clinical input, and changes to processes.

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