Fight for Senior Active category still going strong

Australian Doctors’ Fund executive director Stephen Milgate said the 1800 senior doctors were given an Occasional Practice registration when the national scheme was introduced in 2010, but only for three years.

“No senior doctor who has left the general register has been allowed into the Occasional Practice registration category from 1 July 2010,“ he said.

“Our senior doctors could bring a wealth of experience to a whole range of government and community activities. They should be utilised as an expert resource, not discarded.”

Opposition seniors spokesperson Bronwyn Bishop told the meeting her aim was “to make it as offensive to be ageist as it is to be sexist or racist”.

“I understand entirely why you want to have your qualifications continued to be recognised and to continue to utilise them,” she said.

Chairman of the fund’s Senior Active Doctors Working Party Dr