Public Consultation on the implementation of the Code of Conduct for health care workers in Tasmania

Public comment is being sought on the implementation of the National Code of Conduct for health care workers (the Code) in Tasmania.

These workers include, for example, self-regulated health professionals such as social workers, speech pathologists dieticians, orthotists, and audiologists and the broader group of health practitioners providing complementary and alternative health services. The Code is intended to operate alongside the Health Practitioner National Law, setting minimum standards of conduct and practice for all health care workers in professions apart from the 14 professions currently regulated under the National Law.

Health professions covered by the National Law include doctors, nurses, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists, and psychologists. The Code will apply to professions covered by the National Law when a professional is providing a service unrelated to their registration. Health Ministers from all states and territories and the Australian Government have endorsed the Code and agreed each state and territory would examine the options for introducing the Code in their jurisdiction.

The preferred model for Tasmania is to incorporate the Code within the Health Complaints Act 1995. This provides a straightforward legislative model where the Health Complaints Commissioner will be provided with additional functions to administer and enforce the Code.

There are a number of implementation issues where Tasmania needs to determine its preferred arrangements.  As part of the process of finalising these arrangements, Tasmania has released a consultation paper setting out the proposed implementation of the Code in Tasmania and seeking community and key stakeholder comment on the suggested changes to the Health Complaints Act 1995.

The DHHS is seeking submissions from interested stakeholders and the general public on the issues identified in the consultation paper and whether the preferred options are supported.

For more information: visit A National Code of Conduct for health care workers on the COAG Health Council website

Written submissions should be sent to:

Public Consultation – Code of Conduct for health care workers
Department of Health and Human Services
Attention: Mr Paul Geeves
GPO Box 125
HOBART  TAS 7001

OR

Email: paul.geeves@dhhs.tas.gov.au with subject heading: Code of Conduct for health care workers

Submissions must be received by close of business Friday 17 March 2017.