If you are the subject of a concern the National Boards and AHPRA encourage you to contact your insurer or legal adviser. You may also choose to contact your professional association. They have a lot of experience dealing with notifications and can provide help and support through the process.
Practitioner feedback has made clear that having a concern raised about you can be very stressful. Practitioners have also emphasised the value of having support through the process. We have published a list of possible support services below.
You can also watch our video for answers to the common questions you may have when a concern is raised about you.
Dental Practitioner Support is a national independent support service for all dental practitioners and dental students experiencing health and wellbeing issues. Callers to the 24/7 service do not have to give their name and can seek support anonymously.
Doctors and medical students in all states and territories can access help and support through a national network of doctors’ health advisory and referral services.
The services are coordinated by Doctors’ Health Services Pty Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), and funded by the Medical Board of Australia. The partnership with the AMA enables the health programs to be administered at arms’ length from the Board and AHPRA.
Confidential advice and support is available across Australia on the following helplines:
Visit the drs4drs website to find out more.
Nurse & Midwife Support is a national independent support service for nurses, midwives and students of nursing and midwifery experiencing health issues.
The Pharmacists' Support Service (PSS) works on the principle of pharmacists supporting pharmacists. It is a service that aims to provide phone support to pharmacists and pharmacy interns and students. The service is completely independent of the National Board and AHPRA and the volunteers who take the calls are all pharmacists who are trained in how to support their colleagues.