committee recommends that AHPRA review and amend the way it engages with
notifiers throughout the process to ensure that all notifiers are aware of
their rights and responsibilities and are informed about the progress and
status of the notification.
committee recommends that AHPRA and the national boards develop and publish a
framework for identifying and dealing with vexatious complaints.
committee recommends that the COAG Health Council consider whether recourse and
compensation processes should be made available to health practitioners
subjected to vexatious claims.
committee recommends that AHPRA and the national boards institute mechanisms to
ensure appropriate clinical peer advice is obtained at the earliest possible
opportunity in the management of a notification.
committee recommends that AHPRA immediately strengthen its conflicts of
interest policy for members of boards and that the Chair of the board should
make active inquiries of the other decision makers about actual or potential
conflicts of interest prior to consideration of a notification.
committee recommends that AHPRA develop a transparent independent method of
determining when external advice is obtained and who provides that advice.
committee recommends that AHPRA consider providing greater remuneration to
practitioners called upon to provide clinical peer advice.
committee recommends that AHPRA formally induct and educate board members on
the way the regulatory powers of the board can be used to achieve results that
both manages risk to the public and educates practitioners.
committee recommends that AHPRA conduct additional training with staff to
ensure an appropriately broad understanding of the policies it administers and
provide staff with ongoing professional development related to the undertaking
committee recommends that the COAG Health Council consider amending the
National Law to reflect the Psychology Board of Australia's policy on single
expert witness psychologists acting in family law proceedings.
committee recommends that the COAG Health Council consider making a caution an
committee recommends that the COAG Health Council consider whether notifiers
should be permitted to appeal board decisions to the relevant tribunal.
committee recommends that AHPRA take all necessary steps to improve the
timeliness of the complaints process and calls on the Australian Government to
consider avenues for ensuring AHPRA has the necessary additional resources to
ensure this occurs.
committee recommends that AHPRA institute a practice of providing monthly
updates to complainants and medical professionals whom are the subject of
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