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Pre- and post-surgery management: HDC Case

On 20 February 2018, the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) found that a DHB failed to provide services to Mr A with reasonable care and skill, and breached Right (4)(1) of the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumers’ Rights.

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Fatigue: a medico-legal risk?

We have had several inquiries recently about the issue of fatigue and whether it would constitute a medico-legal risk. Put another way, if a mistake happened when a practitioner was in a fatigued state, what risk would they be carrying of an adverse finding against them?

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Common cultural challenges in healthcare (and how to resolve them)

While the wide variety of cultures present in New Zealand makes us richer as a nation, some cultural beliefs and practices can present challenges to doctors.

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The 5 Cs to succeeding as a resident doctor while undergoing ongoing training

Make your life as a resident doctor easier. Follow these 5 simple C’s when you take your first steps onto the ward floor.

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Medical records 101: A basic guide for resident doctors

Getting to grips with medical records and their maintenance is one of the key skills that every doctor should learn in their first years.

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Setting and maintaining doctor-patient relationship boundaries

Doctors are people too, but the social relationships that other professions build over the course of their careers may not be suitable for doctors and their patients.

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7 prescription pitfalls every doctor encounters (and how to avoid them)

Prescribing malpractice pitfalls are easier to fall into than you might think—wrong dose levels or mistaken drug names are just the beginning.

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Medical indemnity insurance in New Zealand

Medical indemnity insurance is a mandatory insurance policy required for all doctors in New Zealand in order to practise.

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The Medical Council and you: What you need to know

There are a lot of misunderstandings about the Medical Council and their role—especially for doctors-in-training. This quick reference sheet will clear up any lingering confusion.

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How to prevent doctor burnout

Burnout might seem like part of the package for doctors’ work life balance as a in New Zealand. However, it’s dangerous not to learn how to deal with and prevent doctor burnout.

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