Mandatory reporting example

Given the debates which arise as to the merits of mandatory reporting of health professionals by their own treating practitioners, it is perhaps useful to consider occasional examples of actions by regulators following mandatory reports.

One such example is Health Care Complaints Commission v Talmadge [2016] NSWCATOD 16,  where at [18] it was noted that the mandatory report was made by a colleague following admission of a patient relationship and disordered or delusional thinking.

It is not entirely clear from the decision whether the colleague was ‘treating’ the respondent before that conversation, though she was involved in his peer supervision continuing professional development sessions (at [88]).


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