What is a mandatory notification?
Notifying Ahpra about a concern that a health practitioner may be putting public safety at risk is called a ‘notification’.
Anyone can make a voluntary notifcation about a health practitioner. However, under the National Law, registered health practitioners, employers and education providers must make a mandatory notifcation in some specifc circumstances.
The introduction of new legislative amendments in early 2020 mean there will be some changes to mandatory notifcation responsibilities for registered health practitioners treating other health practitioners as patients.
The aim of these changes is to give practitioners confdence to seek health care when they need it, without fearing a mandatory notifcation. A health condition is not enough to trigger a mandatory notifcation.
This explainer gives you information about what this means for you. It should be used in conjunction with the ‘mandatory notifcations: what you need to know’ resources on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) website, see https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Notifications/mandatorynotifications.aspx
There is also a Powerpoint presentation, Understanding Mandatory Notifications, which you can download by clicking here.
The Ahpra website has a dedicated resource area for mandatory notifications - visit https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Notifications/mandatorynotifications.aspx