Mandatory reporting not being abused: study

A recent Senate inquiry has heard claims that doctors have been using mandatory reporting laws, introduced in 2010, as a vehicle to harass or undermine other doctors.

But a study published in the Journal of Law and Medicine, based on interviews with health practitioners and medicolegal advisors, suggests that abuse of the laws is rare.

One participant said that doctors who posed a risk to the public might “lack the insight or connection with reality” to recognise their own conduct was causing