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181146 - Avant webinar: Ethics, obligations, knowledge and skills - Professionalism in medicine

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Because medicine is a profession and healthcare practitioners are professionals, it is important to have a clear understanding of what ‘professionalism’ means. This webinar will focus on ethics, competency, duties, and responsibilities involved in the medical profession.

Relevance to General Practice

The Medical Board of Australia Good Medical Practice (the code) describes what is expected of all doctors registered to practise medicine in Australia. It sets out the principles that characterise good medical practice and makes explicit the standards of ethical and professional conduct expected of doctors by their professional peers and the community. As the Code states, professionalism includes self-awareness and self-reflection. Doctors are expected to reflect regularly on whether they are practising effectively, on what is happening in their relationships with patients and colleagues, and on their own health and wellbeing. They have a duty to keep their skills and knowledge up to date, refine and develop their clinical judgment as they gain experience, and contribute to their profession.
Medical Board of Australia (2010) Good Medical Practice: A Code of Conduct for Doctors in Australia http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Policies.aspx

Learning outcomes
  • Identify the key principles of professionalism as it relates to the medical profession
  • Outline the relevant legal and statutory duties and codes of conduct relating to the medical profession.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of transgressing professional boundaries and non-adherence to codes of conduct
  • List strategies to help maintain boundaries and avoid unprofessional behaviour
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Continuity of care promotes quality and safety

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • Effective leadership improves outcomes for patients

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Medico-legal requirements are integrated into accurate documentation

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
    • Doctor's health
    • Individuals with disabilities
    • Men's health
    • Pregnancy care
    • Refugee and asylum seeker health
    • Residential care
    • Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
    • Women's health


    181146 - Avant webinar: Ethics, obligations, knowledge and skills - Professionalism in medicine
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