This standard was approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council in December 2011 pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law), with approval taking effect from 1 July 2012.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners must not practise the profession unless they are covered in the conduct of their practice by appropriate professional indemnity insurance arrangements in accordance with this standard.
Registrants can be covered by either individual insurance arrangements or third party insurance arrangements which may apply through employment or education institution insurance arrangements.
Initial registration and annual renewal of registration will require a declaration from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner that they are or will be covered for all aspects of practice for that period of registration.
It is usual for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners who are not in private practice to be covered by their employer for professional indemnity insurance arrangements. However, it is the responsibility of the individual registrant to check that appropriate professional indemnity insurance arrangements are in place.
This standard applies to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners applying for initial registration or renewal of their registration. It does not apply to student registrants or practitioners with non-practising registration.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner means a person registered by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board. The practitioner may use the titles:
Professional indemnity insurance arrangements means arrangements that secure, for the practitioner’s professional practice, insurance against civil liability incurred by, or loss arising from, a claim that is made as a result of a negligent act, error or omission in the conduct of the practitioner. This type of insurance is available to practitioners and organisations across a range of industries, and covers the cost and expenses of defending a legal claim, as well as any damages payable. Some government organisations under policies of the owning government are self-insured for the same range of matters.
Practice means any role, whether remunerated or not, in which an individual uses their skills and knowledge as a health practitioner in their profession. For the purpose of this registration standard, practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes using professional knowledge in a direct non clinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession and/or use their professional skills.
This standard applies from 1 July 2012. The Board will review this standard at least every three years.