Bill Madden’s WordPress is reporting that:

The COAG Health Council has released a consultation paper regarding the National Law, with submissions requested by 31 October 2018. Also available is a summary of the proposals and issues included in the paper.

The issues include:

  • Reporting of professional negligence settlements and judgements;
  • Reporting of charges and convictions for scheduled medicines offences;
  • Whether whether the National Law should be amended to clarify the powers of a National Board following preliminary assessment, including a specific power to enable the National Board to refer a matter to be dealt with by another entity including a Court in the case of an expert witness;
  • Whether the National Law should be amended to restrict the use of the titles ‘cosmetic surgeon’ and ‘surgeon’;
  • Whether the National Law should be amended to provide AHPRA with the power to record on the public registers additional names or aliases under which a practitioner offers regulated health services to the public;
  • Whether the National Law should be amended to enable a National Board / AHPRA to disclose information to an unregistered person’s employer if, on investigation, a risk to public safety is identified; and
  • Whether  the National Law should be amended to empower a National Board / AHPRA to issue a public statement or warning with respect to risks to the public.

Given that paramedics are about to join the 14 other professions regulated under this law, paramedics may have an interest in making submissions on these issues.