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Vision and principles for recertification for doctors in New Zealand

  • In Consultation
  • 28 August 2015

The Medical Council of New Zealand have developed a discussion paper on Council’s Vision and principles for recertification for doctors in New Zealand. Read more about Vision and principles for recertification for doctors in New Zealand

Changes to fees

  • Media release
  • 27 August 2015

The Council has reviewed all its fees using Activity Based Costing to ensure that cross-subsidisation amongst fees is minimised, and to ensure that there was greater transparency and equity across all our fees. Read more about Changes to fees

Changes to fees

  • In Consultation
  • 27 August 2015

The Council has reviewed all its fees using Activity Based Costing to ensure that cross-subsidisation amongst fees is minimised, and to ensure that there was greater transparency and equity across all our fees. Read more about Changes to fees

Evaluation of changes to prevocational training

  • Media release
  • 2 July 2015

The Medical Council commenced a review of prevocational training requirement for doctors in New Zealand in 2011. Read more about Evaluation of changes to prevocational training

Evaluation of the Regular Practice Review programme

  • Media release
  • 2 July 2015

Malatest International has undertaken an evaluation to determine the effectiveness of Regular Practice Review (RPR) Read more about Evaluation of the Regular Practice Review programme

Review of the Medical Council’s statements on Good prescribing practice and Prescribing drugs of abuse

  • In Consultation
  • 2 July 2015

The Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) is currently reviewing its statements on Good prescribing practice and Prescribing drugs of abuse, and is seeking your comment. Read more about Review of the Medical Council’s statements on Good prescribing practice and Prescribing drugs of abuse

Expert Witness Course, Queenstown

  • Media release
  • 18 June 2015

Course dates: 17-18 September, 2015 Read more about Expert Witness Course, Queenstown

Medical Council Research

  • Media release
  • 15 April 2015

Mobius Research and Strategy Ltd are currently undertaking an online survey doctors on behalf of the Medical Council of New Zealand. The key focus of this survey is medical professionalism and competence – as well as seeking the views and experiences of doctors when interacting with the Medical Council. Read more about Medical Council Research

Four highest polling nominees for Medical Council named

  • Media release
  • 31 March 2015

The Medical Council has named the four highest polling nominees in its recent election. Read more about Four highest polling nominees for Medical Council named

Medical Council updates its Statement on advertising

  • Media release
  • 18 March 2015

The Medical Council today released its updated Statement on advertising. Read more about Medical Council updates its Statement on advertising

Outcome of Council’s consultation on withdrawal of the Special Purpose (Teleradiology) scope of practice

  • Media release
  • 15 February 2015

In 2010, Council introduced a scope of practice to allow the provision of teleradiology services within New Zealand by radiologists based overseas. Read more about Outcome of Council’s consultation on withdrawal of the Special Purpose (Teleradiology) scope of practice

Medical Council cautions patients about telemedicine

  • Media release
  • 12 February 2015

The Medical Council today cautioned patients about some of the potential pitfalls of telemedicine and at the same time highlighted the need for doctors practising telemedicine Read more about Medical Council cautions patients about telemedicine

Decision on requirements for a general scope of practice – NZREX graduates

  • In Consultation
  • 15 December 2014

Council released the discussion paper Pre-requisites for registration in a general scope of practice for doctors who have obtained registration through NZREX Clinical on 4 August 2014. In response to this discussion paper Council has made two decisions Read more about Decision on requirements for a general scope of practice – NZREX graduates

Principles for the assessment and management of complaints and notifications

  • Media release
  • 5 November 2014

The purpose of these principles is to provide a framework for good decision-making. Read more about Principles for the assessment and management of complaints and notifications

Note from Council's Chairman regarding Ebola virus disease and responsibilities of doctors

  • Media release
  • 24 October 2014

On 23 October 2014, Television One News carried a story about Ebola and Middlemore Hospital and a call for both doctors and nurses to ‘volunteer’ to care for possible Ebola patients. The context of the use of the word ’volunteer’ requires clarification as the presentation of the report has already generated some misunderstandings about the responsibilities doctors have in the event of a potential or actual case of Ebola presenting to a medical facility. Read more about Note from Council's Chairman regarding Ebola virus disease and responsibilities of doctors

Note from Council's Chairman regarding Ebola virus concerns

  • Media release
  • 22 October 2014

The current global concerns about the Ebola virus mean it is timely to ensure we are all aware of our roles and responsibilities in times of an emergency. Read more about Note from Council's Chairman regarding Ebola virus concerns

Prevocational e-portfolio tracks doctors' learning skills

  • Media release
  • 8 September 2014

For the first time, new doctors, from November 2014, will be able to record and keep track of their learning anywhere, anytime through a new e-portfolio system. The introduction of the e-portfolio system is one of a number of changes to prevocational training which spans the first two years following graduation from medical school. Medical Council chairman, Mr Andrew Connolly said today, ‘The e-portfolio system will make it easy for the doctors to track their progress and help them to target their learning around the things they need to learn and build on.’ ‘From the Council’s perspective it’s another major leap forward in getting The New Zealand Curriculum Framework for Prevocational Medical Training (NZCF) up, running and implemented.’ Read more about Prevocational e-portfolio tracks doctors' learning skills

Reduction in the number of New Zealand Registration Examinations (NZREX Clinical)

  • Media release
  • 25 March 2014

The Medical Council has reduced the number of New Zealand Registration Examinations (NZREX Clinical) to three exams for 2014 and these are now all full. Read more about Reduction in the number of New Zealand Registration Examinations (NZREX Clinical)

Medical graduates completing internships in New Zealand – registration in Australia

  • Media release
  • 13 March 2014

The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) has revised its standard for granting general registration to Australian and New Zealand medical graduates on completion of intern training. Read more about Medical graduates completing internships in New Zealand – registration in Australia

Patient Safety Boost with Private Hospitals/Medical Council Agreement

  • Media release
  • 7 March 2014

The high standard of patient safety already in place within New Zealand’s private hospitals will receive a further boost with the Memorandum of Understanding signed today between the Medical Council and the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association. Read more about Patient Safety Boost with Private Hospitals/Medical Council Agreement

New Zealand Curriculum Framework for Prevocational Training (NZCF)

  • Media release
  • 5 March 2014

The Medical Council is implementing changes to doctor’s training and education Read more about New Zealand Curriculum Framework for Prevocational Training (NZCF)

Outcome on proposed amendments to the active clinical practice requirements

  • Media release
  • 21 October 2013

Outcome of consultation on proposed amendment to the Medical Council's active clinical practice requirement for the comparable health system pathway, and the locum tenens pathway. Read more about Outcome on proposed amendments to the active clinical practice requirements

Vocational Education and Advisory Bodies (VEABs)

  • Media release
  • 10 October 2013

We have changed a term and that Branch Advisory Bodies (BABs) will now be known as Vocational Education and Advisory Bodies (VEABs). Read more about Vocational Education and Advisory Bodies (VEABs)

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