In the media

AHPRA successfully prosecutes fake Queensland chiropractor
AHPRA has successfully prosecuted a man in Queensland for unlawful use of the protected title ‘chiropractor’ and holding out as a registered health practitioner. Following an investigation, AHPRA filed charges against Mr Zaphir in March 2017 alleging six offences in contravention of sections 113 and 116 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (06 February 2018).  More...

Queensland Health 'too slow' to act on suicide prevention guidelines
Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic said Queensland Health was too slow, in “some cases”, in taking recommendations from coroners and using them in practical mental health care to reduce suicide (10 February 2018).  More...

Mother sues doctors and hospital over delayed cancer diagnosis
Jodie Elisara says a doctor diagnosed her bowel cancer almost by accident, eight years after she was hit with painful symptoms. The young mother of three lodged a $1 million medical negligence claim in the Supreme Court in Brisbane against three doctors as well as the Redcliffe Hospital, north of Brisbane. Originally, she says doctors told her it was only haemorrhoids (04 February 2018).  More...

AHPRA: Psychologists: beware of hoax email
Psychologists are warned that a hoax email is being sent which pretends to be from AHPRA. The email, targeting some registered psychologists, is sent from The phishing campaign appears to be directly related to previous campaigns targeting psychologists in Australia in 2016 and 2017 (08 February 2018). More...

Reminder: Privacy Changes
Data breach notification will become mandatory as of February 2018 for all Australian entities required to comply with the Privacy Act 1988. When Federal Parliament passed the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 last year, it started a process that means from February 22, 2018, all entities covered by the Australian Privacy Principles will have clear obligations to report eligible data breaches within 30 days. If an eligible data breach is confirmed, entities must provide a statement to each of the individuals whose data was breached or who are at risk, and notify the OAIC. Privacy data breaches will also change in 2018.

RACP: Professional Performance Framework update
The College supports the fundamental purpose of the framework and will continue to work closely with the MBA to ensure it implements a workable system for the health profession. The 2017 MyCPD Framework will not change in 2018. Developments to reflect incoming changes on requirements relevant for the 2019 MyCPD Framework will be considered with guidance and support from the RACP CPD Committee (09 February 2018).  More...



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