Australian senior active doctors association


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ASADA  is a society for medical practitioners who are committed to stepping back from active practice with dignity.

ASADA's submission to the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions October 2014: "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

To gain a fuller understanding of ASADA's objectives, core issues and to participate in our news and views forum, please use the menu at the top of the pages.

Below are some of the core issues that ASADA is currently addressing:

  • Medical practitioners with non-practising registration  cannot undertake any clinical practice.
  • Doctors are required to meet all of the registration requirements for general registration if they wish to write scripts or referrals.
  • Non-registered (retired) medical practitioners are NOT allowed to call themselves retired medical practitioners. (As of Jan/ 2018 there appears to be no barrier to the use of the term: retired medical doctor)
  • The Limited  Registration Public Interest Occasional Practice (LRPIOP) registration category that used to provide a "safe haven" for retired medical practitioners who wished to write limited scripts and referrals was dismantled with legislation passed  in 2014 resulting in this category currently being (completely) abolished. Read more

How does the Board define ‘practice’?
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 (pdf download)

Non-practising registration
This type of registration is open to people who are not practising. It allows a person to remain on the register and to continue to use the protected title “medical practitioner”.

Anyone with non-practising registration must not provide medical treatment or opinion about the physical or mental health of an individual. They are not able to prescribe or to formally refer to other health practitioners. People with this type of registration remain subject to the Medical Board’s jurisdiction in relation to their professional conduct. They are not required to take any steps to meet the Board’s registration standards in relation to professional indemnity insurance, continuing professional development or recency of practice as these standards specifically exclude those with non-practising registration. The Medical Board of Australia advises that it would be appropriate for those with non-practising registration to engage in the activities listed as not requiring registration but not those activities listed as requiring registration. More (pdf download)

ASADA's Objectives

ASADA's Core Issues

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Doctors duty of care when retired
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AHPRA's End Game
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