Australian governments pledge to rewrite mandatory reporting laws

Laws compelling doctors to notify AHPRA when an impaired colleague comes under their care are set to change after a landmark meeting of federal, state and territory health ministers.

The announcement by COAG is a major win for the medical profession, which has been rocked by a spate of doctor suicides over the past 12 months.

The mandatory reporting laws, introduced in 2010, have been described as "detrimental and even dangerous" to doctors' mental health because they discourage those in distress from seeking help.

The COAG Health Council announced on Friday it will start work