Queensland’s AMA Opposes Mandatory Reporting Legislation

16 September 2009 (Last Updated September 16th, 2009 18:30)

Mandatory reporting of misconduct legislation that is being proposed in the Australian state of Queensland will do more harm than good for doctors, according to the Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMAQ). There is currently no obligation for a doctor to notify the Medical Board

Mandatory reporting of misconduct legislation that is being proposed in the Australian state of Queensland will do more harm than good for doctors, according to the Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMAQ).

There is currently no obligation for a doctor to notify the Medical Board of Queensland if a practioner is aware that another doctor has engaged in misconduct.

The AMAQ said that at-risk doctors will be driven underground and that the legislation breaks the fundamental right of medical confidentiality.