Records access and management on closure of a medical practice

David J Carter
Med J Aust 2015; 203 (2): 109-110. || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00258


  • Despite uneven regulation, health practitioners registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency have immediate and continuing obligations to patients when contemplating practice closure.
  • Recent enforcement actions by regulators highlight the importance of knowledge and compliance with requirements relating to record management.

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  • David J Carter

  • University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, NSW.


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