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The implications of mandatory notification for clinician-researchers involved in observational research in health services

Rick A M Iedema and Donella A Piper
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (1): 54.
Published online: 4 July 2011

To the Editor: The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (Part 8, Sections 140 and 141) enshrines mandatory notification in the new national registration framework. As registered health practitioners, clinician-researchers are bound by the notification requirements. This raises the question of whether mandatory notification has implications for observational research in health services that is conducted by clinician-researchers. In particular, how likely is it that these requirements will lead to reclassification of one’s observations from “research data” to “notification evidence”?

  • Rick A M Iedema1
  • Donella A Piper2

  • 1 Centre for Health Communication, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 School of Law, University of New England, Armidale, NSW.

Correspondence: r.iedema@uts.edu.au

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