Treating practitioner mandatory reporting and title protection: Proposed amendments

Tim Bowen has kindly drawn attention to the release on 4 February 2019 of the Queensland Parliamentary committee report into treating practitioner mandatory reporting and title protection amendments. The Government has three months to respond to the report’s recommendations.

According to the explanatory notes, the objectives of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 are to:

  • amend the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (National Law) as agreed by the Council of Australian Government (COAG) Health Council on 12 October 2018 to:
    • introduce reforms to mandatory reporting by treating practitioners, to ensure health practitioners have confidence to seek treatment for health conditions, while protecting the public from harm, and
    • double the penalties for holding out and related offences under the National Law from $30,000 to $60,000, and introduce a maximum imprisonment term of three years for the most serious offences
  • make consequential amendments to the Queensland local application provisions of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (Qld) to:
    • align Queensland’s approach to mandatory reporting by treating practitioners with the approach in the National Law by removing a Queensland-specific provision, and
    • provide for circumstances in which the holding out and related offences are prosecuted on indictment and summarily in Queensland, and
  • make consequential amendments to the Ambulance Service Act 1991 (Qld) and Hospital and Health Boards Act 2011(Qld).