Medical Practitioner Registration

Medical Practitioner Registration

Relevant legislation

  • Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (Cth)
  • Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (ACT) Act 2010
  • Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW) No 86a

If your organisation employs registered health practitioner, you have obligations surrounding registration at the pre-employment stage and during the course of the registered health provider’s employment.

What is a registered health practitioner?

A registered health practitioner is a person who is registered to practice under the above legislation in a health profession.

The following professions are required to have a registration to practice:

  • Medical practitioners
  • Osteopaths
  • Psychologists
  • Dental practitioners
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Radiation practitioners
  • Indigenous health providers
  • Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists

Additionally, paramedics will become registered health practitioners in late 2018.

What are my obligations before employing a registered health practitioner?

Before making an offer of employment to a health practitioner, you must check whether the practitioner is registered.

How do I check if a health practitioner is registered?

You can search their name or registration number under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s (‘AHPRA’) Register of Practitioner, accessed here: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx.

If a health practitioner is not on this list, they are not registered.

Alternatively, to check the registration status of up to 50,000 practitioners at once, employers can sign up here: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/about-ahpra/contact-us/make-an-enquiry

What are my obligations while employing a registered health practitioner?

You must continue to check that your practitioners’ registrations remain up to date, and if any restrictions have been placed on their registrations, that they are practicing within the scope of these restrictions.

Normally, registered health practitioners must renew their registration annually, so make sure you are conducting annual checks of your practitioner’s registration status.

Additionally, the legislation places mandatory notification obligations upon you, which you must comply with.

What are my mandatory notification obligations?

As an employer of registered health practitioners, you are required to report certain conduct of your health provider employees to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

If you have formed a reasonable belief that your employee has:

  • Practiced while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs;
  • Engaged in sexual misconduct while practicing;
  • Put the public at risk of substantial harm because of a health issue or impairment; or
  • Departed from acceptable professional standards to such an extent that the public is placed at risk;

Then you must report this conduct to AHPRA. The online form to make a complaint can be found here: https://ahpraorg.secure.force.com/notification. If you fail to make a notification, AHPRA will refer to matter to the Minister in your jurisdiction and may refer the matter to your licensing authority.

Contact us for more information.