Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

3 Purpose of Act

(1)

The principal purpose of this Act is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their professions.

(2)

This Act seeks to attain its principal purpose by providing, among other things,—

(a)

for a consistent accountability regime for all health professions; and

(b)

for the determination for each health practitioner of the scope of practice within which he or she is competent to practise; and

(c)

for systems to ensure that no health practitioner practises in that capacity outside his or her scope of practice; and

(d)

for power to restrict specified activities to particular classes of health practitioner to protect members of the public from the risk of serious or permanent harm; and

(e)

for certain protections for health practitioners who take part in protected quality assurance activities; and

(f)

for additional health professions to become subject to this Act.