Amendments to Health Practitioner law

For Fellows and Trainees

For Health Professionals

Posted 10 months ago

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council met on 31 October 2019 to consider the second tranche of proposed reforms to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law), on which the College made a submission in 2018 (Consultation paper). The proposed reforms aim to improve the capacity of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme to protect the public by increasing regulatory oversight of practitioners and promoting better information sharing.

Several proposals were endorsed by the COAG Health Council including:

  • Increasing the powers of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and National Boards to:
    • Withdraw or refuse registration in certain circumstances
    • Issue public statements/warnings and notify employers/places of practice of a practitioner who is being investigated or has been charged with an offence or has had a change to their registration status
  • Including cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as an objective and guiding principle in the National Law
  • Clarifying that general prohibitions in advertising will apply to any testimonial and increasing the maximum penalties for breach of advertising offences.

COAG will undertake further consultation on which medical practitioners should be able to use the title ‘surgeon.’

For further information on the COAG Health Council’s decisions, see the summary of agreed reform proposals here.