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29 Oct 2018

The AMA is warning today that the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Amendment (Tranche 1A) Bill, agreed by Health Ministers at the COAG Health Council on 12 October, and which is being introduced in the Queensland Parliament this week, must not be a second-best solution that may not protect the health of doctors.

The AMA and other stakeholders have not been provided with the contents of the Bill, but it is feared that amendments sought by the AMA and many others were ignored by the COAG Health Council.

Published: 29 Oct 2018

11 Oct 2018


The AMA is urging all Australian Health Ministers to do the right thing by Australia’s doctors and their patients when the COAG Health Council meets tomorrow by agreeing on consistent national mandatory reporting laws that incorporate amendments proposed by the AMA.

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that the AMA has long called for changes to the mandatory reporting laws that will protect the health of doctors, which in turn will benefit patients.

Published: 11 Oct 2018

13 Apr 2018
It's clear that national Health Ministers are committed to removing barriers to doctors seeking help from other doctors about their mental health or stress-related conditions, and the AMA will work with Ministers on drafting the legislation.

Published: 13 Apr 2018

12 Apr 2018

AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, will tomorrow personally make an impassioned plea to the nation’s Health Ministers to do the right and responsible thing for the mental health of Australia’s doctors and medical students by adopting nationally consistent mandatory reporting laws.

Dr Gannon has been given a rare and privileged invitation to personally address the COAG Health Council meeting in Sydney about the urgency and importance of providing doctors with a safe and confidential environment in which to seek help for their own mental health and stress-related conditions.

Published: 12 Apr 2018

10 Aug 2017

After months of lobbying and advocacy from the Federal and State AMAs, the nation's Health Ministers have agreed to develop a nationally consistent approach to mandatory reporting provisions for doctors.

Published: 10 Aug 2017