For most doctors, medical indemnity is a no-brainer, like insuring your car. You hope you won’t have to use it, but it helps you sleep at night.

In fact, according to MDA National president Michael Gannon, whose own speciality (obstetrics) is no stranger to medical litigation, few doctors could expect to get through their career without knocking on the door of their medical insurer at least once.

Even the most vexatious claim needs to be answered, and if you can’t remember the case, your notes will need to fill in the blanks.

This month we look at the increasingly complex environment for doctors to stay on the right side of AHPRA and Medicare regulators, and even their patients.

An omnipresent social media and a greater tendency for people to use these channels to share information means everyone has to stay on their toes.

An omnipresent social media and a greater tendency for people to use these channels to share information means everyone has to stay on their toes.


If you need a drink after digesting all that, on a lighter note our lifestyle section has your tipple of choice – with or without alcohol.

No one could accuse us at Medical Forum of being wowsers – we love our wines – but for those trying to moderate their drinking, Ara Jansen’s story about a local businesswoman promoting alcohol-free drinks will be a welcome tonic.

Full disclosure before I get hate mail – no, they don’t taste exactly like the real thing but they are a far cry from the syrupy Ribena-type concoctions of the past. Cheers!