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The Australian Doctors' Fund is a public company limited by guarantee. It commenced operation in April 1989. It's Management Committee meets weekly by teleconference to discuss issues that are impacting on the medical profession's ability to deliver quality medical treatment to all Australians.

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News & Issues Blog Gender-based termination - The law and medicine
Gender-based termination - The law and medicine* Should government dictate referrals? Wednesday 20/11/2013, Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm

Doctors have voted to oppose the removal of 1800 of their senior colleagues from the medical register
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.

The Shepherd Centre
The Shepherd Centre teaches children aged 0-6 years who are deaf and hearing impaired how to listen and speak so that they can reach their full potential in the hearing world. The Shepherd Centre was founded in 1970 by Dr Bruce Shepherd AM and his late wife Annette, and commenced with just five families. Today The Shepherd Centre helps over 250 children and families in five centres in NSW and ACT, as well as families in rural and remote areas of Australia and overseas via our residential workshop and ongoing Skype contact. Our early intervention program focuses on training parents to seize every opportunity in day to day situations to teach their children to listen and speak. Our aim is that children will start as fully-integrated students in the mainstream school of their choice. In 2010, 100% of our graduates for whom English is their first language, and who have no additional needs, graduated with age appropriate language skills. The Shepherd Centre is a family-centred charity that has to raise over 70% of its revenue through fundraising.

Australian Doctors Orchestra - 2011 Charity Concert
2pm Sunday 18th September 2011 at Sydney Town Hall, Sydney. The Australian Doctors Orchestra (ADO) is a unique national membership of medical professionals who are also classically trained musicians. Since its first concert in 1993, the orchestra has played a concert every year in every state and used each occasion to raise funds for charity.

Medical Registration - Trashing our Senior Doctors is not an option!!
Urgent meeting Sunday, 7 August 2011. What happens to our senior colleagues happens to us. Your senior colleagues need your support. The ADF is campaigning for a new registration category for senior doctors.

Quotable quotes – Rudd "health reforms"
Quotes in date order. Prof Henry Ergas, Economics Professor, Harvard & Monash University, Tony Morris, QC, Former Queensland Royal Commissioner into Bundaberg Hospital, Prof John Deeble – architect of Medicare,Stephen Milgate Executive Director ADF, Kevin Rudd, Dr Harry Hemley, President AMA Victoria, Roger Corbett, former Woolworths Chief Executive and Chairman of the Westmead Children’s Hospital Board and Board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, John Brumby Vic Premier, Gary Johns, 15/4/10 former Labor Special Minister for State in the Keating Government, Ken Baxter, Senior public servant, former Head of NSW & Vic Premier’s Department.

Editorial View  

Response to the Public Consultation paper on the definition of practice

The ADF recommends that the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) can help remedy "unintended consequences" that have arisen since the inception of national registration by implementing two urgent reforms, namely, adopting a new definition of medical practice (specifically for medical practitioners) as recommended in this submission, and simultaneously creating a new category of registration for senior active doctors.
New Definition proposed by Dr Bruce Shepherd AM, Chairman, Australian Doctors' Fund "Medical practice means any role in which qualified medical practitioners use their professional discretion within the limits of their knowledge, training, and skill as medical practitioners for the direct or indirect benefit of patients."
Recognition of professional discretion. The inclusion in the definition of the recognition that the exercise of professional discretion is at the heart of competent medical practice should be noted. This term incorporates the professional traits of continuous self evaluation and the demonstrated reality that medical practitioners in good standing continually demonstrate the ability to work within their competencies. .

Submission: Administration of Health Practitioner Registration

The Australian Doctors’ Fund (ADF) maintains that the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is a flawed, unsafe and unaccountable model for the registration and regulation of members of the Australian medical profession.

In this submission, the ADF recommends that AHPRA no longer have any role in relation to the Australian medical profession and that the previous (pre-AHPRA) regulatory structures be re.established and upgraded in accordance with our recommendations at Point 25 of this submission. This submission makes no recommendations in regard to other health professions or occupations which have been included in the national registration scheme.

Wilko Report  

Wilko's opinion pieces on health issues!

"Medicare Locals"
"Medicare Locals" it seems will solve the woes of anyone who has trouble finding a GP anywhere and at any hour. The usual buzzwords are there, about "access" and "equity". But hang on – wasn’t all this supposed to have been fixed up by MEDICARE – it has had 27 years to prove itself, after all.

The views expressed on the Wilko Report are those of Dr Jim Wilkinson and not necessarily those of the Management Committee, Board, or contributors of the ADF.

Media Releases  
Doctor's health program must remain independent of government
In most Australian states and territories there are existing health advisory programs for medical practitioners which are run independently of the regulator and provide confidential advice and support to medical practitioners who seek help voluntarily. ... The Medical Board of Australia which is administered by AHPRA, is now asking if it should fund doctor's health programs through a levy on registration fees. ... Dr Prytula said, "There is a long history of experience now with doctor's health programs. Data from studies in the USA presented to International Doctors Health organisational conferences shows that the more arm's length the treatment program is from the disciplinary body, whether medical board or state based judicial process, the more effective it is in achieving its goal of assisting doctors who need treatment or rehabilitation for health related issues.
Doctors vote against age discrimination and wasted talent
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 Abbott on hospital boards and intelligent spending
The Australian Doctors' Fund (ADF) has welcomed comments by the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott in his address to the National Press Club on 31 January 2012 that a future Coalition Government will support public hospital boards. ... Spokesman for the Australian Doctors' Fund, Dr Stan Doumani said, "that independent community based public hospital boards had been long standing ADF policy". ... "Much of our early public hospital infrastructure was built by community minded citizens acting in good faith to establish facilities that would provide ongoing care for fellow Australians. There is no reason why community minded citizens cannot contribute to the improvement and ongoing development of our public hospital facilities," Dr Doumani said in Canberra today.
GPs do not need more bureaucracy

"Most General Practitioners do not believe Medicare Locals will be of any value," spokesman for the Australian Doctors' Fund, Dr Aniello Iannuzzi, said in Coonabarabran, NSW today. ... Dr Iannuzzi said, "Australian GPs are coping very well with the challenges of primary healthcare, seeing a record number of patients, including many with multiple conditions."

ADF says Senior Doctors proposal should lower registration fees, not increase them

"There is nothing in our Senior Active Doctor's proposal that would give any reason for the Board to increase registration fees. The Board appears to be saying that the only objection to our proposal is the cost of its implementation", Dr Doumani said. ... The Senior Active Doctors category is not designed for doctors who want to continue in full time practice. Having senior doctors continue to stay on the register and pay a reasonable registration fee of $100 per annum, instead of walking away from their profession and paying nothing, can only add to registration fee income.


 

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