In early 2020, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) released revised guidelines for mandatory notifications made to AHPRA by treating practitioners. These guidelines were issued in anticipation of amendments to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in participating states and territories. The amendments came into effect in March 2020. The purpose […]
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INSIGHT: Regulation of unregistered health practitioners in WA – is the current system adequate?
The mechanisms for complaints and statutory protections available for health care consumers, vary across Australia. In order to better protect the public and to set standards of conduct and practice for all unregistered health service providers, the Council of Australian Government (COAG) Health Council Final Report (COAG Final Report) recommended that every state implement the […]
INSIGHT: Soutorine and The Medical Board of Australia  WASAT 5
Facts Mikhail Soutorine is a medical practitioner (the practitioner). In November 2019, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) on behalf of the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) wrote to the practitioner and advised him that the Board had decided to take immediate action under section 156 of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law […]
INSIGHT: A case study in causation
Chester v WA Country Health Service  WADC 152 The facts Mr Chester (Plaintiff) was a 26 year old male who worked as plasterer by trade. On 31 July 2009 he suffered an injury to his left shoulder and presented to the Busselton Regional Hospital (Hospital) complaining of pain, general bruising and some grazing of […]
INSIGHT: Handling sensitive health information about patients and customers – do you understand your obligations?
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (the OAIC) has released a Guide to Health Privacy to assist health care providers to understand their obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Privacy Act) regarding the handling of sensitive health information about their patients and customers. Health care providers range from doctors, hospitals, allied health […]
INSIGHT: What happens to healthcare complaints in Western Australia?
The Health and Disability Services Complaints Office (HaDSCO) handles complaints about health, disability and mental health services in Western Australia. Consumers of health services in Western Australia can make complaints about individuals or organisations that provide health, disability or mental health services . ‘Health services’ encompasses complaints about health services provided by: Medical practices, medical […]
INSIGHT: Police in Victoria and Western Australia, to share information with AHPRA
In July 2018 the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Victoria Police announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding information sharing. Under the Victorian agreement, AHPRA can disclose information to Victoria Police where there are allegations or evidence of criminal offending including physical harm, sexual offending, production of exploitative material, or drug offences. The […]
INSIGHT: No professional misconduct finding for General Practitioner’s ‘grave error of judgment’
An experienced and well-respected NSW General Practitioner with an otherwise unblemished record has faced disciplinary proceedings brought by the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) before the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of New South Wales (the Tribunal). While the Tribunal found that Dr Quan’s conduct was improper and unethical, the Tribunal did not uphold a finding […]
INSIGHT: Professional Misconduct – fact or fiction?
A Perth Cardiologist has recently been found to have engaged in professional misconduct by the Western Australian Administrative Tribunal.  The Medical Board of Australia (the Board) made out five of six allegations against Dr Woollard. Key Takeaways The case provides a reminder of the meaning of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct under the […]