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20    Community Affairs References Committee—Reference

Senator Xenophon, also on behalf of Senator Madigan, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 7—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 23 June 2016:

The medical complaints process in Australia, with particular reference to:

    (a)   the prevalence of bullying and harassment in Australia’s medical profession;

    (b)   any barriers, whether real or perceived, to medical practitioners reporting bullying and harassment;

     (c)   the roles of the Medical Board of Australia, the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency and other relevant organisations in managing investigations into the professional conduct (including allegations of bullying and harassment), performance or health of a registered medical practitioner or student;

    (d)   the operation of the Health Practitioners Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the National Law), particularly as it relates to the complaints handling process;

     (e)   whether the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, established under the National Law, results in better health outcomes for patients, and supports a world-class standard of medical care in Australia;

     (f)   the benefits of ‘benchmarking’ complaints about complication rates of particular medical practitioners against complication rates for the same procedure against other similarly qualified and experienced medical practitioners when assessing complaints;

     (g)   the desirability of requiring complainants to sign a declaration that their complaint is being made in good faith; and

    (h)   any related matters.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Cabinet Secretary (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.