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Will You Be an Intern in 2013/14? Do You Need Your Own Indemnity Cover?

27 Nov 2013

The short answer is yes. If you’re about to commence your internship, hospital indemnity may not provide the broad cover you need. Without your own medical indemnity cover, you could be liable to personally fund some medico-legal matters brought against you. This is where MDA National can help.

First things first

There's a first time for everything. As a new doctor, you're still learning and it’s common to feel out of depth. And you're likely to experience a number of first time experiences such as:

  • your first police statement
  • your first Coroner's report or death certificate
  • the first complaint made against you
  • the first time you need medico-legal advice.

That's why you are our first priority at MDA National. We've made it our business to support, protect and promote doctors for more than 85 years, and are here to guide you throughout your journey as a medical professional – whatever the time, whatever your query.

Protect yourself and your career

Our experienced Medico-legal Advisers are available to support and guide you 24 hours a day, for emergency calls after hours. Talking through a situation or medico-legal matter at the early stages can give you peace of mind and ensure the situation doesn't escalate.

MDA National Insurance's Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy* will provide you with peace of mind and allow you to concentrate on your internship knowing that you're protected. To make sure you’re covered, contact our Member Services team on 1800 011 255 or apply online.

If your internship is in 2014 and you’re a Member of MDA National, you’ll also receive the Marshall & Ruedy’s On Call Principles & Protocols Handbook which is a handy resource to assist you in your daily healthcare practice.

Intern survival tips

With your Membership in check, you can start preparing for the next big step in your career:

*For approved applicants and subject to the terms and conditions of the Policy.

^Subject to state liquor licences.

Do you know what hospital you will be an intern at? If so, update your details on our Member Online Service.




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Dr Nick Coatsworth is an expert in health policy, public administration and a practising infectious diseases physician. He held a national role in the Australian response to COVID-19 as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Australia, becoming one of the most recognised medical spokespeople during the pandemic. Nick engaged the Australian community through a variety of media platforms most notably as the spearhead of the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Dr Micheal Gannon, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, sits down with Dr Nick Coatsworth to discuss Nick's medical career journey, and what insights and advice he has for junior doctors. MDA National would like to acknowledge the contributions of MDA National staff, Members, friends and colleagues in the production of the podcast and note that this work is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under applicable copyright law, you may not reproduce the content of this podcast without the permission of MDA National. This podcast contains generic information only, is intended to stimulate thought and discussion, and doesn’t account for requirements of any particular individual. The content may contain opinions which are not necessarily those of MDA National. We recommend that you always contact your indemnity provider when you require specific advice in relation to your insurance policy or medico-legal matters. MDA National Members need to contact us for specific medico-legal advice on freecall 1800 011 255 or email We may also refer you to other professional services.


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