Only a health practitioner who has been the subject of a decision can appeal that decision.
There are, however, limitations on the type of decisions that can be appealed.
No other person can appeal a decision, including the person who raised the concern, a patient, employer or any other person.
A health practitioner can only appeal one of the following decisions (known as an appellable decision) made as a result of the notifications process.
It's possible to appeal a decision by a National Board to:
It's possible to appeal a decision by a panel to:
The appeal body is the 'appropriate responsible tribunal' and each state has its own tribunal.
When a practitioner or student appeals against a decision of the National Board or panel to the responsible tribunal, the practitioner or student is called the appellant and the National Board is called the respondent.
Tribunal proceedings are generally open to the public and decisions are published on the tribunal's website and elsewhere. Ahpra can also choose to publish a tribunal's decision.
In some instances, the practitioner's or a patient's identity may remain confidential.
After hearing a matter, the responsible tribunal may:
The responsible tribunal may make any order about costs it considers appropriate. This includes ordering: