The committee considered this inquiry in the 44th Parliament. The inquiry lapsed at the dissolution of the Senate on 9 May 2016.
On 15 September 2016, the Senate agreed to re-adopt the inquiry with a reporting date of 16 November 2016.
The committee has resolved not to call for new submissions but to rely on submissions received during the 44th Parliament. All correspondence and evidence previously received for this inquiry has been made available to the new committee. This means that submissions already provided to the committee about this issue do not need to be re-submitted.
On 2 February 2016, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:
The medical complaints process in Australia.
The terms of reference are:
Please note the committee has published a guide to interpreting the terms of reference, which is available on the main terms of reference page.
Submissions were sought by 13 May 2016. The reporting date is 16 November 2016. On 10 November 2016, the Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 30 November 2016.
22 Nov 2016: Canberra, ACT01 Nov 2016: Sydney, NSW
30 November 2016
© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
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Bullying and harassment in the Australian medical profession
Focus of the inquiry
National regulation and accreditation of medical practitioners
Figure 1.1 – National Registration and Accreditation Scheme
Conduct of the inquiry
Figure 2.1 – AHPRA notification process
Vexatious complaints as a form of bullying and harassment
Concerns with AHPRA's complaints process
Conclusion and committee view
Prevalence of bullying and harassment
Box 3.1 – Royal Australasian College of
Surgeons – Expert Advisory Group on discrimination, bullying and sexual
Box 3.2 – Definitions of bullying and
Box 3.3 – Sexual harassment
Barriers to reporting bullying and harassment
Addressing bullying and harassment
Need for greater coordination
New areas for inquiry
Conclusion and recommendations
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