The Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered health practitioners and Guidelines: Mandatory notifications about registered students have been revised following amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law due to come into practice in early March 2020.
AHPRA and the 14 National Boards carried out a joint review of the Draft Revised Guidelines last year and conducted a public consultation process, to which the College made a submission.
The amendments changed the reporting obligations for treating practitioners by establishing a new, higher risk threshold for treating practitioners to report impairment, intoxication or practice that significantly departs from accepted standards. This further limits the circumstances for treating practitioners to make mandatory notifications. These changes aim to give practitioners confidence to seek help for health conditions if they need it, while continuing to prevent the risk of harm to the public.
The requirement to make a mandatory notification about a practitioner is different for different notifier groups. For that reason, the guidelines about practitioners have been structured according to notifier type (that is treating practitioner, non-treating practitioner, employer) so that relevant information for that notifier group is easier to find.
As there are only limited circumstances when a mandatory notification can be made about a student, separate guidelines for notifications about students and practitioners have been developed.
The guidelines aim to help practitioners, employers and education providers understand who must make a mandatory notification about a registered health practitioner or registered student and when.
To view the Revised Guidelines, resources, case studies and FAQ’s visit https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Notifications/mandatorynotifications/Revised-guidelines.aspx