Questions on mandatory reporting after defamation decision

Sydney psychiatrist Dr Julian Parmagiani reported his colleague, Dr Yolande Lucire, to the NSW Medical Board in 2008 after he claimed he saw her lying under oath about whether she had registration conditions whilst giving expert evidence in court.

Dr Lucire sued for defamation claiming the complaint did not fall under mandatory reporting requirements, which are for cases of suspected sexual or substance abuse or “impairment”.

Dr Parmegiani initially won in a bid to have the matter struck out, claiming he had “absolute privilege” when reporting a colleague to authorities.

But in a

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