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Guide for Practitioners: Notifications in the National Scheme

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The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) has prepared a guide and a series of information sheets to explain to doctors what happens when it receives a notification about a practitioner from the Medical Board of Australia.

The publication, A Guide for Practitioners:  Notifications in the National Scheme, and the information sheets can be viewed and downloaded at:


The guide for practitioners was written by AHPRA, in conjunction with the various national boards, to explain to health practitioners the complaints process.

AHPRA Chief Executive Officer Martin Fletcher said that the majority of health care practitioners were highly skilled and deeply committed to providing safe care, and acknowledged it could be very confronting for them to be the subject of a notification. 

The guide describes what occurs when AHPRA receives a notification from the Medical Board.

This information will complement the direct correspondence that individual practitioners will receive if a notification is made about them.

The AMA first called for the development of the Guide in its submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administrative References Committee in April 2011.

The document sets out the notification process, including the time limits that apply.

It is intended to enable practitioners to better understand the process and what is required of them, as well as providing a means to verify that their matter is being handled in a manner consistent with AHPRA processes.