Fit to practise? New checks flagged for doctors

The board stated in a communiqué from the 14 November meeting that there was active discussion about “revalidation” for medical practitioners and how it could support patient safety.

The board added that while it had “decided to formally begin this [revalidation] conversation in Australia” it had not yet made any decisions or set a strategic course.

The highly contentious proposal has already attracted criticism from GPs. The chair of the AMA Council of General Practice, Dr Brian Morton, told MO revalidation was unnecessary in Australia.

“We [already] have a number of checks and balances and mandatory reporting and other methods of reporting,” Dr Morton said.

“Also, there’s our system of referral to other specialists – that is an educational and checking tool on competence if you like. We’re at the top of the ladder in Australia with our patient health.