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What is the Australian Doctor's Federation?

The Australian Doctors' Federation is the new name for Australian Doctors' Fund which 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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The ADF Supports / Opposes

The ADF Supports

Patient choice of doctor and the right to a second opinion. The right of a doctor to independently value their own service and the requirement to provide informed financial consent.
The vital role of the general practitioner, in preliminary diagnosis, referral and independent advice.
A strong private and public hospital sector, maximising their organisational strengths and capabilities.
Practical and sensible medical regulation that supports high standards of medical practice.
Profession led and supported quality assurance and professional development programs which strengthen the medical profession’s desire for continuous improvement.
Strong medical leadership on medical issues.
An affordable national medical register, State Medical Boards with strong medical representation, and a complaints process accountable to a single jurisdiction.
Doctors and health professionals being held legally accountable to their patients in cases of proven negligence.


The ADF Opposes

Forced patient registration, health fund ‘preferred provider’ networks that direct or influence referrals to health fund contracted doctors through incentives or penalties.
Budget holding, capitation, bundled payments, enforced role substitution and schemes designed to bypass the central role of the general practitioner.
Policies that distort the role of the public or private hospital sector for ideological reasons.
Make work schemes and naïve interventions designed to meet political agendas, not professional standards.
The imposition of bureaucratic or third party promoted control mechanisms, fads and marketing schemes disguised as quality control programs.
Using the voice of the medical profession to advance political agendas of the left or right.
An AHPRA bureaucracy with no accountability to any single jurisdiction.
No fault schemes which do not provide patients or doctors with due process in cases of alleged negligence.


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Secondary Use of My Health Record Data

The Australian Doctors’ Federation (ADF) has examined the document “Development of a Framework for Secondary Use of My Health Record Data” and makes the following points.

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The High Cost of Public Reporting

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