Weather event creates chaos for doctors

04 Mar 2022

Karen Stephens 110x137

by Ms Karen Stephens

Support in times of need

Floods have devastated parts of NSW and Queensland, and some MDA National Members’ practices have flooded. Members have reported practices completely under water, no access to medical records, and loss of backup servers. Staff have lost homes, been trapped by floodwater, and are volunteering at evacuation centres.


Immediate considerations for those affected include:
  • access to medical records and backup (IT support may be needed)
  • access to incoming email (e.g. for pathology results - may need to contact pathology labs)
  • identifying 'red flag' patients
  • relocating medicines if power cuts have impacted cold chain
  • insurance and financial arrangements
  • communication with staff and patients
  • psychological support.





MDA National is here to support and advise you during the floods and the recovery process. 


Please contact MDA National’s Medico-legal Advisory team on 1800 011 255 for advice specific to your situation.



Not yet subscribed to receive our medico-legal blog? Scroll down to subscribe and stay connected.

This blog contains general information only. We recommend you contact your medical defence organisation or insurer when you require specific advice in relation to medico-legal matters.



My Career Journey with Dr Nick Coatsworth

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.


09 Jun 2022

Career complications and contending with uncertainty

Among the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for junior doctors is how to respond to medical training impacts and career uncertainty. In this podcast, Dr Caroline Elton (a psychologist who specialises in helping doctors)and Dr Benjamin Veness (a Psychiatry registrar) share advice for coping with medical training and career delays, disruptions and unknowns.


10 Aug 2020