Unregistered Health Practitioners: Fact Sheet
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The South Australian Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners are minimum standards for all unregistered health practitioners that are not part of the National Registration Scheme overseen by AHPRA. Unregistered health practitioners must display certain information where they practice. The Code includes a requirement that all health practitioners with serious concerns about the treatment provided by another health practitioner refer the matter to the Health and Community Services Complaint Commissioner (HCSCC). This requirement is in addition to an employer’s internal procedures for reporting complaints or concerns.
In 2015, COAG agreed to implement a National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers. The South Australian Code of Conduct for Unregistered Health Practitioners will apply until some changes are made to the South Australian Code of Conduct and the Health and Community Services Complaints Act 2004 during 2016. .
The Code of Conduct promotes safety and quality in health services by establishing a code of conduct for all health practitioners who are not covered by AHPRA.
The Code applies to all unregistered health practitioners, defined as someone who provides a health service and does not need to be registered with a registration authority in order to provide this service. This can include:
Reporting serious concerns about the treatment provided by another health practitioner to the HCSCC (Item 6.4 of the Code of Conduct) applies to all health practitioners.
In addition to complying with the Code of Conduct, practitioners are required to display:
The requirement to display this material does not apply to any of the following premises:
Ms Lee Wightman, Principal Consultant
Policy and Intergovernment Relations
Telephone: (08) 8226 7089