Doctor professional indemnity insurance news update – mandatory notifications

Notifying the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 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.

Information on what is changing can be found here.