188158 - Informed Consent Challenges
- : Online
This online activity explores how to facilitate an informed consent process that leads to optimal patient understanding and shared decision-making. It focuses on more challenging areas where gaps in education and knowledge have been identified; particularly documentation, determining patient capacity to consent, consent with children and mature minors, and the consultation process of shared decision-making. This highly interactive activity is available online at
MDA National members’ convenience and learners can complete it over multiple sittings. It includes opportunities to compare your responses to questions with those from other participants and from medico-legal experts. The activity is relevant for doctors at all stages of their career.
Consent is consistently among the top 5 most common advice topics provided by MDA National. GPs are the top specialty who contact us for advice & involved in cases.
Of the 40 decisions against medical professionals by AHPRA between 2016 & 2017, 10% of the notifications involved consent. In NSW, 1.6% of complaints against medical practitioners in 2018–19 related to consent.
GPs are the specialty who most participate in this activity & all GP participants in 2019 who completed the evaluation form said they’re now considering doing something differently. They found the learning on patient involvement in decisions, communication aids, discussing risks & documentation particularly beneficial. 80% said the activity was ‘entirely relevant’ to their general practice.
1. MDA National Annual Reports, 2015–2019
2. AHPRA, Panel Decisions, updated 17 August 2018
3. Health Care Complaints Commission. Annual Report 2018–19. NSW Government.
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
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Shared decision making and informed consent are explained and obtained
- Adult health
- Care of older people
- Children and young people health
- Individuals with disabilities