Notifying us about a concern that a health practitioner may be putting public safety at risk is called a ‘notification’.
Anyone can make a voluntary notification about a health practitioner, but by law, registered health practitioners, employers and education providers must make a mandatory notification in some limited circumstances. Mandatory notifications help to protect the public by ensuring that Ahpra and the National Boards are alerted to unmanaged risks to the public.
In early 2020, the requirements to make a mandatory notification are changing. The changes aim to support health practitioners to seek help about their health without fearing a mandatory notification.
To help practitioners understand the changes, we are revising our mandatory notifications guidelines and released them for public consultation earlier this year.
Understanding when to make a mandatory notification and when not to is an important way you can help to protect the public and support your colleagues.
Here you will find resources to help you understand mandatory notifications. We will publish more resources over the coming months.
Find out where to seek professional health advice if you need it, because looking after yourself is part of being a health professional.
Treat your practitioner-patient or refer, and notify only if necessary.
Our current mandatory notification guidelines are under review. Find out more.