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A guide for medical practitioners transitioning to an encore career or retirement

Geoffrey Hawson
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51380
Published online: 7 February 2022

To the Editor: I commend Wijeratne and Earl1 for drawing attention to the retirement issues faced by doctors. Psychological issues are compounded by the lack of legislative provision for doctors to progressively step down from the demands of full registration. Reducing workload is not a simple matter. The impediments to maintaining registration while reducing workload include recency of practice requirements and up to 73 hours per annum of continuing professional development (CPD) for physicians2 — far exceeding that of other health practitioners.

  • Geoffrey Hawson

  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD


Correspondence: geoffrey@hawson.org

Competing interests:

I am the President of the Australian Senior Active Doctors Association and Chair of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) QLD Senior Doctor Craft Group and AMA QLD Senior Active Doctor Working Group.

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