AHPRA updates guidelines

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AHPRA wants help working on its social media policy.
AHPRA wants help working on its social media policy.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has announced a period of public consultation on some guidelines and codes of conduct for registered health practitioners.

The agency has announced that anyone with an interest in health practitioner regulation, including health practitioners and members of the public, is strongly encouraged to read and respond to a consultation paper on common guidelines that apply to all registered health practitioners, and codes of conduct for most professions.

The 14 National Boards in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) have released the paper for public consultation, which proposes:

• revisions to the Guidelines for advertising – which provide guidance about the advertising restrictions imposed by the law, including social media, on individuals (including practitioners) and businesses

• a Social media policy – to address social media issues, and the legal obligations of practitioners, and

• revisions to the Guidelines for mandatory notifications – which provide guidance about the requirements for practitioners to make mandatory notifications under the law.

The National Boards will consider the consultation feedback on the proposed guidelines and codes, before finalising the documents. The consultation closes: 30 May 2013.

The consultation paper is available here.

 

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