Tri­bunal rul­ings on Reg­is­ter

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

THE Aus­tralian Health Prac­ti­tioner Reg­u­la­tion Agency has con­firmed changes to the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of prac­ti­tion­ers, which will see any pub­licly avail­able tri­bunal and court de­ci­sions linked to in­di­vid­ual health pro­fes­sional records.

Ear­lier this year the Med­i­cal Board of Aus­tralia started pub­lish­ing links to dis­ci­plinary de­ci­sions by courts and tri­bunals where there had been an ad­verse find­ing about a doc­tor.

This ap­proach will now ap­ply to all reg­is­tered health pro­fes­sion­als - in­clud­ing phar­ma­cists - where se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions have been proven.

How­ever AHPRA has con­firmed no in­for­ma­tion would be pub­lished in re­la­tion to no­ti­fi­ca­tions re­ceived by Na­tional Boards.

“The change is sim­ply help­ing to make al­ready pub­licly avail­able in­for­ma­tion eas­ier to find,” said AHPRA CEO Mar­tin Fletcher, who added that the move was fair and in the pub­lic in­ter­est.

“Con­sumers, em­ploy­ers and prac­ti­tion­ers will be able to find pub­lic in­for­ma­tion more eas­ily, to in­form health­care choices and em­ploy­ment de­ci­sions,” he said.

“Mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to check the reg­is­ter as part of de­cid­ing to see a health prac­ti­tioner... check­ing the reg­is­ter is an ad­di­tional as­sur­ance that their prac­ti­tioner is com­ply­ing with their le­gal obli­ga­tions and meets the stan­dards set for their pro­fes­sion.”

Links will be added for any new de­ci­sions or rul­ings as they are re­ceived, and by early 2019 the Reg­is­ter will in­clude links for all rel­e­vant de­ci­sions dat­ing back to when each Na­tional Board joined the Na­tional Scheme.

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