In the media

Time to act on mandatory reporting laws Federal AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, and AMA Queensland President, Dr Dilip Dhupelia, have written to all members of the Queensland Parliament, urging them to amend draft mandatory reporting legislation so that doctors and medical students have the confidence and support to seek help when they are unwell (26 February 2019). More...

'Simply ludicrous': Blackmores slams 'Australian-made' restriction Health supplements company Blackmores has slammed restrictions on branding its products as Australian-made, calling for an urgent change to regulation and contradicting advice given to a parliamentary committee (26 February 2019). More...

Blockchain in healthcare market size expected to exceed US$1.6bn by 2025 The market size of blockchain technology in healthcare is set to grow from US$6.9 million in 2018 to US$1.6 billion by 2025, supported by advancements in digitised healthcare systems and an increasing risk of counterfeit drugs, according to new research (26 February 2019). More...

Review of model WHS laws - Recommendations on asbestos registers and competent persons Safe Work Australia has released the final report and findings of the review of the model work health and safety laws conducted in 2018 which includes 34 recommendations designed to enhance the WHS framework (27 February 2019). More...

SafeWork Australia Public Comment: Silica and coal dust exposure standards Safe Work Australia is currently evaluating the 'Workplace exposure standards for airborne contaminants' to ensure they are based on the highest quality evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach. Participants can access the consultation platform Engage to provide their comments before 30 April 2019. Note: It will be seeking public comment on the draft evaluation reports and recommendations for the workplace exposure standards (WES) throughout 2019.

Ethical principles for AI in medicine The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists has developed a draft set of eight ethical principles governing the adoption of AI in medicine. Principle six addresses ‘liability for decisions made’, which touches on the potential for ‘shared’ liability, being liability other than that of the responsible medical practitioner. A consultation paper is available for download, with comments requested by 26 April 2019.