Health Practitioners

Health Practitioners

Health practitioners, including doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and allied health professionals have unique legal requirements including:

  • disciplinary issues with the Office of the Health Ombudsman;
  • registration and complaint issues with APHRA;
  • Professional Service Review processes under Part VAA of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (HIA) for Medicare benefits, dental benefits and benefits paid under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS);
  • notifying AHPRA if charged with a criminal offence;
  • responding to disciplinary investigations as part of their employment, for example by a Hospital Health Service;
  • requests to give evidence in coronial inquests.

Health practitioners may also require assistance in matters such as:

  • review of the fine print of an employment offer or contractor agreement, particularly for:
    • post-agreement restraints that may curtail the professional activities the professional can undertake after the agreement has ended;
    • calculation of remuneration and the contribution to expenses as a component of the calculation;
  • dealing with disciplinary allegations in the workplace;
  • workplace harassment or unlawful discrimination;
  • compliance with modern awards and other workplace law.

Health practitioners need to fully understand their rights and obligations before responding to their employer or an investigating authority.  A health practitioner needs to know:  

  • Is there an obligation to cooperate?
  • If so, how far does the obligation extend?
  • When is representation is permitted and what can a representative do to protect the health professional’s interests?

An unguarded statement by a health professional may be later relied upon in decisions to commence a prosecution or other action against a health professional.  It is essential to take advice before making a statement to minimise the risk of further action being taken.  

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