Australian senate inquiry into medical complaints regime

Date: 09-02-2016

In a media release from the first week of Feburary 2016, it was announced that the Australian Federal Senate will be investigating allegations of bullying and harassment within the medical profession under a motion co-sponsored by South Australian independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Victorian independent Senator John Madigan.

Senate inquiry into medical complaints regime

HEALTH COMPLAINTS SYSTEM UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

2ND FEBRUARY 2016

The Senate will investigate bullying and harassment in the medical profession under a motion co-sponsored today by South Australian independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Victorian independent Senator John Madigan.

The Senate Community References Committee inquiry will examine the roles of the Medical Board of Australia, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and other relevant organisations.

Senator Xenophon has long been outspoken about the medical complaints process for AHPRA, saying there are many legitimate questions about the fairness and transparency of the current process.

“Too many medical professionals have come forward raising serious concerns with my office after I spoke out on this on ABC TV’s Lateline program last September,” Senator Xenophon said.

Senator Madigan recently initiated a Senate inquiry into the prevalence of Lyme-like illness in Australia.

“Despite denials by AHPRA, I know of at least seven doctors in Australia who have been hounded from work through bullying and harassment by AHPRA,” Senator Madigan said.

“An inquiry of this type is long overdue, for the sake of doctors and medical professionals and for the wellbeing of patients who are seeking treatment.”

The inquiry will hand down its report on 23 June 2016.

For the full media release, see Nick Xenophon – Senate inquiry into medical complaints regime