Practise 152 hours or face deregistration

Under new recency of practice standards proposed and backed by the Medical Board of Australia, doctors would need to work a minimum of 152 hours in one year-long registration period in order to be deemed competent.

Alternatively, they could work 456 hours over three, which a medical board spokeswoman said was intended to allow flexibility.

The board said the change “strikes a better balance between protecting the public and impact on registrants and applicants for registration”.

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