Submission to the inquiry into the Health Practitioner National Law Amendment (Mandatory Reporting)


26 November 2018

The RACGP thanks the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee for the opportunity to comment on the proposals made in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018.

It is the RACGP's view that a treating practitioner should not be mandated to report the medical condition or other impairment of a registered health practitioner under their care. There should be no distinction between the treatment of a registered health practitioner and that of a patient from any other occupation. Just like all other people living in Australia, any practitioner-patient should be entitled to discuss their health with their doctor in a strictly confidential environment.