The AMA announces new plan to weed out dangerous doctors

The Australian Medical Association has announced doctors aged 70 or older will have to undergo regular health checks to prove they’re fit to practice.

The changes come as part of the Association’s new plan to weed out dangerous medical professionals.

All older practitioners must have their work peer-reviewed and undergo health checks, including cognitive screening, every three years.


Doctors who work in isolation, like GPs, will have further testing as well as professionals who have had multiple proven complaints against them.

Studies from the AMA show the most likely poorly performing doctors are older men, while other risk factors include being trained overseas and practising away from colleagues.