HEALTH CARE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION POWERS STRENGTHENED TO PROTECT PATIENTS IN NSW

HEALTH CARE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION POWERS STRENGTHENED TO PROTECT PATIENTS IN NSW

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The NSW Government has acted to provide further protection to the community by strengthening the regulation of non-registered health practitioners and increasing the power of the state’s healthcare watchdog, the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC). Assistant Minister for Health Pru Goward said legislation that passed through NSW Parliament last night puts non-registered health practitioners on notice. People who seek the services of non-registered health practitioners do so trusting the people providing their care, Ms Goward said. In NSW non-registered health practitioners like dieticians, homeopaths, speech pathologists, or naturopaths are subject to a Code of Conduct setting out standards for compliance and can be prevented from practicing if they breach the Code. This includes all members of AAMT.

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AAMT provided a summary of the principles of the National Code of Conduct and the additional requirements that members must adhere to in the last edition of your journal. The Code complements existing arrangements for public and patient safety and members must display the Code at all clinics where they practice. More information for members can be found at http://www.hccc.nsw.gov.au/Information/Information-for-unregistered-practitioners/Default