2017 brings along more issues where MIGA is advocating on behalf of its members.
Our work in this area includes:
- Senate inquiry into health care complaints – a submission dealing with a range of issues relating to AHPRA, the Medical Board of Australia and other entities involved in health care complaints – this follows our involvement in last year’s Senate inquiry focusing on bullying and harassment, and vexatious complaints, in the medical profession
- Digital Health Strategy – providing medico-legal perspectives on the development of a national digital health strategy, including on electronic records and communications, My Health Record and privacy/confidentiality
- End of life care – contributing to the Productivity Commission’s review of this issue, addressing advance care directives, withdrawal and refusal of treatment and other issues, building on our contributions to NSW and Victorian reviews into similar issues
- Elder abuse inquiry – following a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission on advance care directives, guardianship order access and challenges for medical practitioners in dealing with potential elder abuse, we are preparing further submissions on Commission proposals
- Proposed changes to child protection mandatory reporting obligations – a submission on practical issues and possible improvements from the health profession’s perspective
- Proposed medicinal cannabis regime – building on our engagement with the Queensland Government and Parliament on that state’s medicinal cannabis regime, we are contributing to SA Health’s consultation on this issue, addressing workability of their proposed model
We continue to engage with the Medical Board of Australia and key stakeholders about revalidation, and look forward to contributing again when the Board’s Expert Advisory Group releases its final report later this year.