06 Apr 2022
Twelve National Boards have published an advance copy of their revised shared Code of conduct (the code) and are encouraging practitioners to familiarise themselves with it before it comes into effect on 29 June 2022.
The code applies to the following professions:
The code sets out National Boards’ expectations of professional behaviour and conduct for practitioners registered in these professions, which promotes safe and effective care and helps to keep the public safe.
Practitioners have a professional responsibility to be familiar with and to apply the code.
The shared code sets the same expectations for all 12 professions subject to the code. This consistency supports inter-professional practice and contributes to safety and quality in healthcare.
The public can also use the code to better understand what they can expect from registered health practitioners and if the care they provide meets expected standards.
The code does not apply for the Medical Board of Australia, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia or the Psychology Board of Australia. These Boards have profession-specific codes of conduct or code of ethics in place which you can read on their websites.
The code has been revised so that it continues to be relevant and useful for practitioners, more accessible for health consumers and is an effective and up-to-date regulatory tool.
‘The review included extensive consultation with the public and numerous stakeholders, and we thank them for their input. The revised code is contemporary, more useful and more accessible to both practitioners and the public because of these contributions. We strongly encourage practitioners to familiarise themselves with the code before it comes into effect in June’, Ahpra CEO, Martin Fletcher, said.
National Boards have only made changes where needed to keep the code up-to-date, effective, clear and relevant.
The main changes include:
The code comes into effect on 29 June 2022, replacing the existing codes of conduct for the 12 professions. Practitioners must comply with the standards of professional conduct set out in the code from this date.
To read the advance copy of the code please visit the Shared Code of conduct page on the Ahpra website.