Core Issues
Australian senior active doctors association

ASADA's submission to the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions

"The Australian Senior Active Doctors Association calls on the State and Territory Health Ministers to enter into direct negotiations with ASADA for the introduction of a separate medical registration category for Senior Active Doctors."     Download the submission Word docx

As of the 14th October 2014, the last of the ~400 Medical practitioners with "Limited  Registration Public Interest Occasional Practice (LRPIOP)" are now no longer be able to participate effectively in the profession.

The National Registration and Accreditation system set up in 2009-10, under The Health Practitioner National Law Act 2009,  created a registration category for 1800 senior doctors, entitled Limited  Registration Public Interest Occasional Practice. Legislation has determined that this category will be abolished on 14th October 2014;  it was closed to new entrants from 1 July 2010.

Effectively, only doctors in NSW, Queensland, Tasmania and the ACT were ''grandfathered  '' into the new scheme, retaining their limited privileges to prescribe and refer, and undertake other pro bono medical activities ( such a services to community groups), drawing on professional expertise.

Senior doctors from the other states and territories were excluded  from this limited category in September 2010, although it had formerly existed in these jurisdictions. More

Is AHPRA's definition of Practice* valid, legally enforceable and are the penalties overwhelmingly punitive?
*Any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a health practitioner in their profession. For the purposes of this registration standard, practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes using professional knowledge in a direct non-clinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession. More

Medical Registration – What does it mean? Who should be registered?
This statement provides advice to help individuals with medical qualifications to decide whether or not they should be registered. It also provides advice about non-practising registration. More

Registration Standards
With the exception of registered students and non-practising registrants these standards apply to applicants for registration and registered medical practitioners. More

AHPRA, the power structure, the players: A Power Point presentation of the background to the issues which the ADF and the newly formed Australian Senior Active Doctors Association (ASADA) will be pursuing with the Health Ministers and Shadow Health Ministers federally and in all states and territories. Download .ppt

ASADA investigations reveal that there is a pressing need for: 

  • A plain English ruling on what assistance a non-registered retired medical practitioner can provide in an emergency and non-emergency setting
  • A plain English ruling on what assistance a registered non-practicing medical practitioner can provide in an emergency and non-emergency setting
  • A plain English ruling on what the Good Samaritan and Duty of Care actually mean for both non registered and non-practicing registered practitioners
  • Non-registered retired medical practitioners be given back the right to call themselves Retired Medical Practitioners
  • Re-establishment of a "safe haven", similar to the now legislated against LRPIOP, allowing senior medical practitioners to write limited scripts and referrals