In 2010 a national process of regulatory assessment was commenced, examining the risks and regulatory requirements for unregistered health practitioners. In April 2015 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council agreed to:

  • the terms of a national code of conduct for healthcare workers
  • policy parameters to underpin implementation of a code regulation regime in each state and territory.

Report

Final report: A national code of conduct for healthcare workers

Released by the COAG Health Council (CHC) in April 2015, this report presents the findings and recommendations arising from a national consultation that sought views from the community and the health sector about the terms of the first national code of conduct for healthcare workers and how the national code should be given effect in all states and territories.

Implementing the recommendations

Victoria is taking steps to implement the CHC’s decisions. The following timeline is an overview of the assessment, development and implementation stages for the National code of conduct for healthcare workers.

Stage 1: Assessment of options

November 2010

Health ministers agreed to proceed with national consultation on options for strengthening regulation of unregistered health practitioners.

February 2011

Consultation paper released publicly and submissions invited.

March 2011

State and territory consultation forums held.

June 2013

Health ministers agreed in principle to proceed with a national code of conduct, state and territory enforcement of the code, mutual recognition of prohibition orders, and a national register of prohibition orders. The Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) was asked to conduct a national consultation on the terms of the first national code of conduct.

Stage 2: Development of a national code of conduct

March 2014

Consultation paper released publicly and submissions invited.

April 2014

State and territory consultation forums held.

April 2015

Health ministers agreed to the terms of the first national code of conduct for healthcare workers and a policy framework to underpin nationally consistent implementation of the national code and code-regulation regime.

Stage 3: Implementation

July 2015

Consultation paper released: Modernising Victoria’s health complaints legislation.

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