Call for 'rigorous' look at mandatory reporting rule

AN ORGANISATION that offers confidential help for unwell doctors wants a rigorous investigation of whether mandatory reporting rules for medical practitioners do more harm than good.

The Australasian Doctors’ Health Network (ADHN), staffed by volunteer doctors, says mandatory reporting is among the barriers to doctors seeking adequate healthcare, along with medical culture, workplace environments and training culture.

“ADHN welcomes a rigorous examination of the effectiveness of mandatory reporting, and whether any supposed benefits are outweighed by potential problems for doctors’ health and