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The significance of Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia

Ian R Gough
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (3): 148-149. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11334
Published online: 17 February 2014

To the Editor: The medical profession in Australia has 91 648 registrants and represents 16.7% of the total of 548 528 health practitioners. However, complaints (known as notifications) about doctors are disproportionate. In the 2011–12 financial year, there were 4001 notifications regarding medical practitioners, representing 52.7% of the 7594 total notifications to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.1 Looked at another way, there was an annual rate of notifications concerning individual medical practitioners of about 4.4%.

  • Ian R Gough

  • Wesley Medical Centre, Brisbane, QLD.

Correspondence: goughmed@bigpond.com

Competing interests:

I worked for the MBA as a member of the Queensland Medical Interim Notification Group from May to October 2013. I have no current relationship with the MBA other than as a registered medical practitioner.

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