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Australian senior active doctors association

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ASADA submission into the Victorian Inquiry into the Performance of AHPRA
Many doctors are worse off as a result of the shift to national registration, said Victorian Health Minister David Davis, who is behind a parliamentary inquiry into AHPRA’s performance. Two years after national registration was introduced, the Victorian legislative council agreed to Mr Davis' request for an inquiry into the cost effectiveness and efficacy of the scheme   Download the submission


ASADA welcomes QLD Premier’s announcement on Senior Doctors
QLD’s Premier Newman’s announcement that senior (retired or semi-retired) doctors will be a part of the QLD 16 Public Hospital and Health Boards has been welcome by Dr Frank Johnson, a former QLD practising rheumatologist, and President of the recently formed Australian Senior Active Doctors Association (ASADA).

“This is progressive health policy recognising that there is a growing group of senior and healthy doctors who are no longer in full-time practice but can still contribute to the better healthcare of all Queenslanders.”

ASADA has currently applied to the Medical Board of Australia to extend the Limited Registration Public Interest Occasional Practice registration category developed in QLD by the QLD AMA so that more senior doctors can make an ongoing contribution within the current regulatory framework.
ASADA plans to meet with the QLD Minister for Health to develop a working relationship that will be a win-win for all Queenslanders”, Dr Johnson said.

Contact details: Dr Frank Johnson Ph: 07 5537 4669; Mob: 0414 774 618

Inquiry into the Performance of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency -12 February 2013
The Australian Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ASOS) maintains that the public interest is best served when the roles of the medical profession and the regulator are clearly and separately defined

 Revised interpretation of definition of medical practice
by Richard Doherty: RACP News / JUNE 2012
One of the most contentious issues arising from the national medical registration legislation which came into force in Australia in 2010 was the definition of practice for the purpose of registration.


RANZCO has been very quick to move & is very appreciative of senior ophthalmologists in the College.

 They have

  1. Appointed Dr Frank Cheok to the College Council, to represent Senior Ophthalmologists, & to the  CPD committee.
  2. Announced a dedicated lounge for senior doctors at the next (Nov.2012) annual Scientific meeting. It will contain lounge seating, tea/coffee, meeting areas & have  three special , relevant, lectures each day for senior doctors.
  3. Adjusted the College fee structure for senior doctors ,& the CPD requirements for retired Fellows making it easier for them to remain on the Specialist Register


When AMA talks, seek a second opinion -21st Sept 2012
by Michael Keane
As a member of the Australian Medical Association, I am concerned the peak doctors' body is using its prestige to advocate the arguably short-sighted, intolerant and elitist agenda of a small but highly active group within its ranks.

Senior doctors harness grey vote -24th  Jul 2012
by Mark O'Brien - Medical Observer
SENIOR doctors have formed ranks and will draw on the power of the ‘grey vote’ to continue their battle to keep limited registration after next year.


“Medical ghosts” haunt AHPRA over limited registration" - 17 July, 2012 - 6 Minutes
Part-time and semi-retired doctors have formed a new lobby group to campaign against AHPRA’s abolition of “occasional practice” limited registration.


Retired doctors seek to avoid 'scrap heap' - July 14 2012
by: Adam Cresswell, Health editor - The Australian
A GROUP of senior and retired doctors is stepping up a campaign to pressure Australia's regulator of health workers to ease restrictions on what they must do to keep practising. They say exemptions due to expire next year have worked well and should be continued.


 Doctors to be dumped on the scrap heap - 11 July 2012
A growing number of Australia's senior doctors are calling on state, federal and territory government health ministers to support their right to continue to participate in their profession. The issue at stake is the intention by the recently appointed national regulator, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), to abolish a registration category entitled Limited Registration Public Interest Occasional Practice (LRPIOP) from 1 July 2013, having closed the category for new entrants from 1 July 2010.

Doctors vote against age discrimination and wasted talent - 7 March 2012
A Sydney meeting of doctors have voted 417-1 to oppose the removal of 1800 of their senior colleagues from the medical register from 1 July 2013. ... The meeting held at St George Leagues Club on Sunday 4 March 2012 is part of a growing move by doctors to defend their senior colleagues' right to be treated justly and fairly by the new national registration system introduced by former state governments and bureaucrats using the COAG process. ... The Australian Doctors' Fund is calling on doctors across Australia to get behind their senior colleagues and support the retention of the registration category, Limited registration Public Interest Occasional Practice. It also wants the category open to those who have been shut out.


 Doctors Back Proposal for New Registration Category for Senior Doctors - 08 August 2011
"A meeting of doctors at St George Leagues Club on Sunday 7 August, sponsored by the Australian Doctors' Fund, has voted 164 for and 2 against to support the creation of a new optional category of registration for doctors over 55 years of age, to encourage them to stay involved in their profession."


 Senior Doctors Should Be Valued, Not Discarded - 24 March 2011.
"Reports of demand pressures on General Practitioners should give impetus to reform of the registration categories for doctors in their later years of practice", Executive Director of the Australian Doctors' Fund, Stephen Milgate, said in Sydney today. ... The ADF has proposed a new category of 'Senior Active' medical practitioner to encourage doctors to continue to contribute in their senior years. This category would be made available but not be made compulsory to doctors over 55 years old who want to scale down their medical practice but still contribute. ... "Recent changes in medical registration instituted by the new COAG health bureaucracy known as AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) have removed step down categories for doctors and created an 'all in' or 'all out' system.".


Doctor's Call For AHPRA To Be Sacked - 24 February 2011.
"The medical profession should no longer allow itself and its medical boards to be "managed" by the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)," spokesman for the Australian Doctors' Fund, Dr Stan Doumani said in Canberra today. ... Prior to the Rudd Government's decision to place all health professions and occupations under the control of a central bureaucracy known as AHPRA, the medical profession had a functional registration scheme administered by state medical boards with each state and territory health minister being held accountable to their respective parliament.


AMA sends SOS to retired doctors - July 25 2012
by Jill Stark - The Age (First published 2010)
RETIRED doctors could be lured back to public hospitals because there are not enough experienced clinicians available to teach medical graduates wanting to specialise as surgeons, obstetricians and cardiologists.

Knowing the right time to retire
by AMA Victoria Media and Public Affairs Officer Fronscesca Jackson-Webb
Article first published in vicdoc July 2010

With the average age of Victorian doctors well over 50 and the state’s medical workforce shortage set to continue for several years, modern doctors are expected to have longer working lives than previous generations. But physical and cognitive decline can creep up on older doctors. When is the right time to retire from clinical practise? In the absence of clear guidelines the decision can be difficult, writes AMA Victoria Media and Public Affairs Officer Fronscesca Jackson-Webb.