02 Sep 2020
Ahpra and the National Boards appreciate the importance of a vigorous national debate on public policy during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we remind all registered health practitioners that their obligation to comply with their profession’s Code of conduct, applies in all settings – including online.
The Codes of conduct emphasise that practitioners must always communicate professionally and respectfully with or about other health care professionals.
We have received concerns about the conduct of some health practitioners engaged in online discussion, including in semi-private forums.
Community trust in registered health practitioners is essential. Whether an online activity can be viewed by the public or is limited to a specific group of people, health practitioners have a responsibility to maintain professional and ethical standards, as in all professional circumstances.
In using social media, health practitioners should be aware of their obligations under the National Law and their Board’s Code of conduct.
For more information see Social media: How to meet your obligations under the National Law.
Anyone with concerns about the online conduct of a health practitioner can contact 1300 419 495 or make a notification.