Guide for doctors and dentists on social media obligations

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and National Boards have published a new guide in Nov 2019 to help registered health practitioners understand and meet their obligations when using social media.

The guide can be found here.

The guide reminds practitioners that when interacting online, they should maintain professional standards and be aware of the implications of their actions, just as when they interact in person.

The guide does not stop practitioners from engaging online or via social media; instead, it encourages practitioners to act ethically and professionally in any setting.

To help practitioners meet their obligations, the guide also outlines some common pitfalls practitioners may encounter when using social media.

This guide replaces the Social Media Policy and is available under the Policies, codes and guidelines section on the Board’s website. The guide will be updated as needed.