AHPRA tries to clarify social media rules

AHPRA has moved to explain its confusing guidelines on what doctors are expected to do if patients comment online about their clinical care.

The guidelines, which came into effect on Monday, have sparked outrage among the profession, as they appear to place a professional obligation on doctors to try and delete their patients' online comments about clinical care.

Previous attempts by the Medical Board of Australia to calm doctors' concerns have been unsuccessful, and have led doctors to circulate a petition that calls on AHPRA to change its guidelines.