See below for valuable risk management resources.
Risk Management Programs for Doctors & Midwives
MIGA's investment in risk management is significant and we are committed to providing services that assist doctors to manage risk in their day to day practise. Our Risk Management Program is simple, flexible and varied so you can participate in the way that suits you. MIGA members who achieve 10 Points in the Program are entitled to a 10% premium discount the following year. You will also be reducing your risk of claims and complaints.
Giving Evidence—Before the Coroner or your Registration Board
Giving evidence in a court or tribunal can be a stressful and anxious occasion for any health professional. The extent of stress and anxiety varies depending on the role of the health professional in the proceedings. For example, giving evidence as a third party (i.e. as an expert witness) who is not directly associated with the issues that are the subject of the inquiry, versus giving evidence as a respondent to the proceedings. To assist doctor who may be required to give evidence MIGA has produced this check list to assist you in navigating the Coroner’s Court and Registration Board.
Social Media: A Fact Sheet
The Medical Associations and Medical Student’s Associations of both Australia and New Zealand have produced “Social Media and the Medical Profession: a guide to online professionalism for medical practitioners and medical students.” The guide explores issues related to the use of social media that may impact on a doctor’s integrity, reputation, employment opportunities and relationships between both patients and colleagues. Read the full guide here.
Are You Crossing the Line?
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council’s ‘A midwife’s guide to professional boundaries’ is a companion code to The Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives. It provides all midwives with information to assist with identifying and differentiating the boundaries between professional and personal relationships with women and their families. Read more here.
A Case Study: A 32 year old woman, weighing 78.3 kg, presented early in her second pregnancy, her ﬁrst child having been born with the assistance of forceps and having weighed 3.9kg. She progressed normally through the pregnancy. Both the glucose challenge and glucose tolerance tests were marginally abnormal. Read more here.