An Australian study found that GPs with a current medico-legal matter reported increased levels of disability in work, social or family life, as well as higher prevalence of psychiatric morbidity, compared to those GPs with no current matter. There are a number of strategies medical practitioners can use to deal with the stressful nature of a complaint or claim. Read more...


On 21 November 2014, Clinical Images and the Use of Personal Mobile Devices: A Guide for Medical Students and Doctors was released by the Medical Indemnity Industry Association of Australia and the Australian Medical Association. MDA National provided legal and medico-legal input for this publication.  Read more...
Editor's Note
Sara Bird

Maintaining and monitoring your health and wellbeing is essential when dealing with a medico-legal matter. In this edition, we examine the impact of complaints and claims on medical practitioners, and outlines strategies on how to cope with these processes.

Continuing the focus on health and wellbeing, Dr Steve Hambleton provides a personal reflection on the importance of doctors looking after their own health.  Read the full article…


Dr Sara Bird
Manager, Medico-legal
and Advisory Services

Doctors for Doctors

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” John F Kennedy

I’m delighted to address our Membership with the first article in this new “Doctors for Doctors” section of Defence Update.

Rodney Moore
As a truly national organisation, we aim to keep you informed of pertinent medico-legal matters in your local state, from across the country and in our profession. I trust you’ll find value in the upcoming editorial of this section in 2015 from various members of our Mutual and Insurance Boards.
Read the full article…

Dr Rod Moore
Acting Chairman, MDA National Mutual Board

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