Medical educators could be lost under AHPRA retirement rules

A THIRD of university-based medical educators could be lost to the profession under the new laws restricting the rights of retired doctors, deans of medical schools are warning.

Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand president Professor James Angus issued the warning amid ongoing debate over laws introduced by AHPRA last year that deny retired doctors the right to prescribe or refer unless registration – requiring indemnity insurance, CPD and recency of practice – is maintained.

Professor Angus said the definition of practice under the laws meant that doctors who had retired from all clinical practice would be required to maintain registration even if only working as volunteer tutors, teachers and lecturers on a pro bono basis. Many would simply leave the system completely, he said.

“I would say up to a third of the workforce volunteer their services as tutors, sit on committees [and] undertake a significant amount of work because