Doctors’ health program imminent

Contracts for a national doctors' health program have been signed under a Medical Board of Australia drive to give impaired doctors equal access to care and support.

The board says it will pay Doctors Health Services, an AMA subsidiary company, to ensure delivery of nationally consistent services in each state and territory.

The program, which is funded from doctors' existing registration fees, will combine face-to-face triage, advice and referral with a telephone helpline and online tools.

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