Changes to mandatory reporting laws

Changes to mandatory reporting laws surrounding doctors seeking the help of other doctors for mental health and stress-related conditions.

Ministers agree to overhaul mandatory reporting laws for doctors

 

This afternoon, it was announced that all the Health Ministers are committed to working through changes to the mandatory reporting laws surrounding doctors seeking the help of other doctors for mental health and stress-related conditions.

This means that soon, doctors will be free to seek treatment for most mental health concerns without being reported to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

New legislation is being drafted to ensure all doctors can access the professional care and support they may need.

This announcement was made at the COAG Health Council meeting in Sydney.

GPRA is aware of the stress-related conditions and mental health concerns some GP registrars face — both during their training and into their career — and welcomes changes which make it easier for doctors to seek appropriate and timely support.

See page 2 of the COAG Health Council communique 2018.

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