Clearer requirements for annual credential checks and an expanded appeals process are among some of the updates to the state’s policy for credentialing and scope of clinical practice for senior medical practitioners.

Released today, the policy has been refreshed by Safer Care Victoria in response to recommendations from an independent review. The updates:

  • clarify requirements for annual credential and medical indemnity insurance checks
  • expand the appeals process
  • define the duration of temporary credentialing
  • shortens the time period for formal re-credentialing, from five years to three.

To download the policy, please visit Credentialing and scope of clinical practice for senior medical practitioners policy January 2018.

Helping to ensure medical practitioners are appropriately qualified, registered and experienced, the policy applies to all in public health services, including Ambulance Victoria. Private health services are encouraged to adopt the policy also.

This policy sets out the obligations of senior medical practitioners to disclose personal, legal or professional impediments or conditions, and maintain professional standards.

It also details the obligations of Boards and senior health leaders to ensure the medical practitioners they appoint are qualified competent, fit and operating within their scope of clinical practice and the requirements for regular review.

Safer Care Victoria is the peak state authority for leading quality and safety improvement in healthcare, supporting health services to provide safe, high quality care to patients every time, everywhere.