The Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2012 commenced on 1 September, 2012.

Under the Public Health Act 2010, regulations can be made setting out a code of conduct for the provision of health services by health practitioners:

  1. who are not subject to the scheme for registration under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (including de-registered health practitioners), and
  2. are registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law for the provision of health services and who provide health services that are unrelated to their registration.

Schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012 sets out this code of conduct for unregistered health practitioners and registered health practitioners who are providing a health service unrelated to their registration.

The code of conduct is also available in the following languages:

Complaints can be made to the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) about alleged breaches of the code of conduct and the Commission can investigate. If a practitioner is found to have breached the code of conduct, the HCCC may make a prohibition order against the practitioner. Further information about the role and powers of the HCCC can be found at Health Care Complaints Commission.

Under clause 17 of Schedule 3 of the Public Health Regulation 2012, most practitioners must display a copy of the code of conduct at the premises where the practitioner carries out his or her practice, as well as a copy of a notice approved by the Secretary giving information about the way in which clients can make complaints to the HCCC.

To help practitioners to meet their obligations in this regard, a copy of the Code of Conduct and the notice approved by the Secretary can be accessed below:

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Page Updated: Thursday 22 June 2017