This month in The NSW Doctor: understanding the service check register; privately referred non-inpatient agreements; the daunting road ahead of medical students; extended reality and its potential benefits for medicine; profiles on two of our 50-year members; a review of the new book from E/Prof John Murtagh and Dr Sara Bird; and more.


Turf War

PRESIDENT'S WORD Turf War Yet again, the medical profession faces attempts by pharmacists to extend their scope of practice well beyond their training. The Pharmacy Guild of Australia released its policy paper Community Pharmacies: Part of the Solution in mid-August, which argued pharmacists could play a greater role in the healthcare system. The Guild’s vice-president [...]

Listening to doctors

FROM THE CEO Listening to doctors Integral to the success of any hospital is its engagement with both senior and junior doctors. As I write this column, AMA (NSW)’s third annual survey of doctors-in-training has finally closed and results for each of the hospitals are being tallied and collated for the AMA (NSW) / ASMOF [...]

Understanding the service check register

LEGAL OPINION Understanding the service check register Unsure how the SCR works? Meridian Lawyers Principal, Dominique Egan explains when records are created and how to request for a removal. The Service Check Register (SCR) is a NSW Health state-wide database intended to assist with the screening process in recruitment and the management of misconduct matters. [...]

Privately referred non-inpatient agreements

INDUSTRY NEWS Privately referred non-inpatient agreements Are you providing private services to outpatients in public hospital clinics? Take care to ensure the proper contracts are in place. AMA (NSW) recently received several queries from VMOs and HMOs regarding Privately Referred Non-Inpatient (PRNI) licence agreements to provide private services to outpatients in public hospital clinics. It [...]

Game of musical chairs

STUDENT VIEW Game of musical chairs With more medical school graduates than internships and limited specialty training positions, the road ahead for medical students is daunting. Contributed by Yun Megan Foo, Final year medical student, Western Sydney University One July morning, final year students around the state woke up with a start. From 8am, we [...]

Ready Doctor One?

FEATURE Ready Doctor One? Extended reality is expected to revolutionise the way we practise medicine and how we interact with our patients. Dr Mark Hohenberg explains… Love or hate it, technology is an established and growing part of our personal and professional lives. It wasn’t just the machine that went ping1, technology has revolutionised the [...]

Insight: Dr Michael Steiner

PROFILE Insight: Dr Michael Steiner Former AMA (NSW) President, Dr Michael Steiner celebrates a half century as an AMA member and decades working in medico-politics. Dr Michael Steiner recalls one particularly memorable patient – a deaf, elderly woman with dense white cataracts who had been living in a nursing home for close to a decade. [...]

No ordinary life

PROFILE No ordinary life A/Prof E.P. Kremer OAM is a man of many pursuits – letting professional curiousity and world adventure guide him through medicine and life. It’s taken nearly 50 years, but the Government has finally recognised the sacrifice and bravery of Australian doctors and nurses who served as members of the Southeast Asia [...]

Diagnostic error, common traps & medical pitfalls

BOOK REVIEW Diagnostic error, common traps & medical pitfalls Acclaimed author, Emeritus Professor John Murtagh has released the third edition of Dr John Murtagh’s Cautionary Tales – Authentic Case Histories from Medical Practice. Awarded the AMA Gold Medal in 2018, Dr Murtagh is renowned for his internationally-adopted medical textbooks, which have become the authoritative reference [...]

Pathways through medicine

CAREERS SERVICE Pathways through medicine The NSW Doctor is showcasing the unique stories of doctors who have successfully used Careers Service to further their ambitions. This edition features Dr Tim Scott, who shares his journey through medicine. In 2006, as a medical student, I sat in the corner, probably in a small children’s chair, of [...]

Freedom of expression through art

FEATURE Freedom of expression through art For more than 25 years, the Boom Gate Art Gallery has given Long Bay Correctional Complex inmates a creative outlet and improved their mental health. Some of the most frequent visitors to the Boom Gate Art Gallery are partners and children of the inmates who create the works on [...]

Philippines: Medical Mission

FEATURE Philippines: Medical Mission Less than 10 years on from the devastating Super Typhoon Yolanda, the city of Tacloban is still rebuilding. Dr Matthew Allan shares his family’s experience providing medical aid to the area. It was a little over 12 months ago when I saw an advertisement looking for doctors and nurses to volunteer [...]

Compliance crackdown

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Compliance crackdown Lyndall Humphries, Senior advisor (Employment Law) Professional Services In the past couple of months, there has been a noticeable increase in compliance and enforcement activity by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) with a clear focus on underpayments. This is part of a compliance crackdown by FWO aimed at ensuring Australian employers [...]

Building referral relationships

IN PRACTICE Building referral relationships Three winning strategies for gaining more referrals. There is no silver bullet to establishing referral relationships. But with consistent communications, you can build your reputation with a wider circle of prospective referrers. These days, competition among specialists is fiercer than ever. GPs are never short on choice. You need to [...]


NEWS SIRA News Cessation of entitlements As a result of the application of section 59A of the Workers Compensation Act 1987, one or more of your patients may soon no longer have their claim for medical, hospital and rehabilitation expenses compensated through the workers compensation system. They may need your assistance to prepare for this change. [...]

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