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27 Sep 2018

The AMA is preparing a comprehensive response to the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) consultation paper on the national legislation governing the registration and accreditation of health practitioners across Australia.

This consultation will inform the next stage of reforms to the National Law (Tranche 2).

The AHMAC paper, Regulation of Australia's health professions: keeping the National Law up to date and fit for purpose, contains 60 questions to guide input, posing a number of controversial changes including:

  • Should a non-practitioner be able to serve in the role of board chairperson?
  • Should the National Law require reporting of professional negligence settlements and judgements to the National Boards?
  • Should the National Law (during preliminary assessment) empower practitioners and employers to provide patient and practitioner records when requested to do so by a National Board?
  • Should the provisions of the National Law about producing documents or answering questions be amended to require a person to produce self-incriminating material or give them the option to do so?
  • Should the National Law be amended to empower a National Board/Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to issue a public statement or warning with respect to risks to the public identified in the course of exercising its regulatory powers under the National Law?
  • Should the National Law be amended to provide a right for a complainant to seek a merits review of certain disciplinary decisions of a National Board?

The Federal AMA encourages members to consider whether they, or any College or Society they are a member of, would also like to put in a submission.

If you have any comments or issues you would like to see raised in the Federal AMA submission these can be emailed to Tracey Cross at tcross@ama.com.au by Friday October 5.

BY MARIA HAWTHORNE


Published: 27 Sep 2018