Greater protection for the public under National Law changes

Legislative reforms came into effect this week aimed at protecting the public from unregistered persons.

A series of changes to the National Law come into effect from Monday, 1 July, including new powers to prevent unregistered practitioners from treating patients and making it possible for a practitioner’s alternative name to be listed on the register alongside their legal name.

The new changes complete a series of reforms to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law agreed by all health ministers aimed at strengthening public protection and improving the operation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

In regards to the interim prohibition order, the AMA discussed this power at the December 2023 annual workshop with Ahpra and the Medical Board. The AMA was advised that this power is largely focused on unregistered persons and will only be used in rare circumstances.

AMA members are invited to revisit the member-only recording of the AMA and Ahpra webinar from March this year.

For more information on the new changes and to find information about all the changes over the past two years, visit the National Law Amendments page.