Medical board to push on with competency checks for older doctors

Amid ongoing debate, the regulator is confident in its plan

The Medical Board of Australia has defended its plans to test older doctors’ competency as debate continues on whether the regular checks could constitute age discrimination.

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Under the board’s proposal, doctors who wish to keep practising beyond age 70 will be subject to health checks and competency assessments, which will be a mandatory condition of registration.

Last month the move appeared to be supported by a new