All registered health practitioners have a professional and ethical obligation to protect and promote public health and safe healthcare.
Registered health practitioners, employers and education providers must notify the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) if they believe that a registered health practitioner has behaved in a way that constitutes notifiable conduct.
Notifiable conduct by registered health practitioners is defined as:
- practising while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
- sexual misconduct in the practice of the profession
- placing the public at risk of substantial harm because of an impairment (health issue), or
- placing the public at risk because of a significant departure from accepted professional standards.
Education providers have an obligation to make a mandatory complaint or concern about a student if the student has an impairment or health issue that may, either in the course of study or clinical training, place the public at substantial risk of harm.