MBA: No new definition, but full rego isn’t necessary

The board reviewed the definition after concerns were raised it could be interpreted to mean that any teaching or advisory role required full registration with its attendant costs and CPD requirements.

Board chair Dr Joanna Flynn said the review concluded changing the definition was unnecessary and impractical so guidance had been issued for practitioners instead.

The board’s advice outlined a number of examples where a practitioner could hold non-practising registration or choose not to be registered at all, including acting as an examiner of medical students, as teachers and researchers, or speaking publicly about a health or medically related topic.

“As the primary purpose of registration is to protect the public, medical practitioners should be registered if they have any direct clinical contact with patients or provide treatment or opinion about individuals,” the advice said.

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