New calls for WA mandatory reporting model

MANDATORY reporting has again come under fire as the beyondblue Doctors’ Mental Health Program prepares groundbreaking research into the mental health of Australia’s medical community.

Program advisory committee chair Dr Mukesh Haikerwal told the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists congress last week that the mental health needs of the medical community were already difficult to gauge, and this task was being made harder by mandatory reporting laws.

In all states excepts WA, health professionals are required to report their colleagues if they suspect they are impaired or engaging in professional misconduct. 

Dr Haikerwal said an emergency motion passed at the recent AMA national conference showed many doctors felt these requirements were a barrier preventing doctors from seeking help.

The motion called on the AMA to push for the WA model – which exempts health professionals treating colleagues