More support for retired doctors

SUPPORT for doctors to retain limited rights in retirement has continued to grow, despite the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) remaining unrelenting in its requirements that retired doctors maintain registration if they are to hold any referral or prescribing rights. 

A proposal by the Australian Doctors’ Fund (ADF) that would establish a new ‘senior active’ registration category has now won the support of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ). 

MDANZ president Professor James Angus said he supported the proposed registration category, which would permit limited prescribing and referral rights to those retired doctors who paid a $100 registration fee, undertook a minimum of 10 hours of self-directed CPD a year, and secured an annual medical certificate.

Professor Angus recently voiced concern that MBA’s stance may prevent up to a third of university educators from continuing this work.