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”?
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