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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The AMA (WA) has congratulated the COAG Health Council for adopting nationally consistent mandatory reporting laws.
“The approach by the AMA in Western Australia to fight for separate and intelligent mandatory reporting laws some years ago has been shown to be the right approach, AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid said in a statement yesterday.
“It is tremendous news that Ministers today unanimously agreed to take steps to protect both patients and doctors by implementing a nationally consistent approach to mandatory reporting laws,” he said today.
“Doctors, like patients, deserve the right to access health services including mental health,” he said.
“Doctors and other health workers are at risk of mental illness and other stress-related issues, yet state laws, apart from those in WA, have stopped many from seeking treatment due to fears about the impact on their professional reputation and medical registration,” he said.
“Every doctor has lost colleagues and friends to mental illness and it was time for all health ministers to show leadership and act, Dr Khorshid said.
“While WA has retained its model, it is heartening that much-needed exemptions to mandatory reporting laws will be drafted for other states and territories.
“WA had shown the path for other states to follow, and we welcome this important step and vital step in protecting both doctors and patients,” Dr Khorshid said.