Work needed to ensure AHPRA system is impartial and follows due process

4 Jun 2021

The AMA submission to Senate inquiry into Administration of registration and notifications by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and related entities under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law highlights many of the areas where significant work needs to be done to ensure that the AHPRA system is impartial and follows due process. The AMA submission contends that it is vital that the wellbeing and state of mind of the practitioner be at the forefront of any investigations and that they don’t negatively impact the mental health of doctors.

The AMA agrees that the protection of the public is a critical role of the scheme, but this is already achieved under the current arrangements. The AMA firmly believes that the National Scheme needs to uphold the principles of natural justice for all stakeholders.