Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Amendment proposal 2017

17 May 2017

The AMA submission is generally supportive of the proposed set of amendments.  However we are concerned about the proposal to enable a community member to be appointed as Chairpersons of the National Boards (including the Medical Board of Australia).  The Chair of the Medical Board is a very influential position, requiring a strong understanding of medical practice and a move to appoint a community member would be unsettling for the profession and may lead to a loss in confidence in the scheme.


The submission also notes that there is a need for AHPRA to be able to ask a practitioner for all places of work, particularly if they need to notify that organisation of a serious performance action being taken against that practitioner.  However, this provision needs to be implemented sensibly, without creating an unnecessary regulatory burden for practitioners.