Ministers agree to overhaul mandatory reporting laws

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Doctors will be free to seek treatment for most mental health problems without being reported to AHPRA following a landmark decision to revamp mandatory reporting regulations.

Federal, state and territory health ministers have agreed to lift the requirement on treating health practitioners to report impaired doctors under their care who could be viewed as constituting a risk to their patients.

A string of doctor suicides in recent years has thrown a spotlight on the laws, and many in the profession have expressed&nbsp