Midwifery Council of New Zealand A separate Midwifery Council was established on 18 December, , and will come into full effect on 14 September Work during this interim year will entail establishing premises and systems for the new Council processes and managing full separation from the Nursing Council of New Zealand. The role of the Council covers standards, education, scope of practise and competency. Disciplinary processes will be managed through the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner and heard by a separate Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. Midwifery Council members are listed on the Ministry of Health website www. The Council has six midwives and two lay people appointed by the Minister.

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Its purpose is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing mechanisms to ensure the life long competence of health practitioners. The Act builds on the framework created by earlier legislation, in particular the Medical Practitioners Act All the major concepts of the Medical Practitioners Act have been carried forward into the Act, adjusted where necessary to generic terms to provide a framework that can apply to all health practitioners not just doctors.

The Act incorporates the basic principles of ongoing competence and the separation of the registration process from the disciplinary process. Important key protections are in place, with provisions to ensure that: only health practitioners who are registered under the Act are able to use the titles protected by the Act or claim to be practising a profession that is regulated by the Act registered health practitioners are not permitted to practise outside their scopes of practice regulatory authorities are required to certify that a practitioner is competent to practise in their scope of practice when they issue an annual practising certificate certain activities are restricted and can only be performed by registered health practitioners as specified in the Act.

This includes managing the consultation processes to enable the Minister to appoint the members of the authorities. However, while the Ministry has certain functions under the Act, the primary responsibility and accountability intentionally falls on the relevant regulatory authorities. The Act is very much about handing to the authorities responsibility for — and providing them with tools for - ensuring that health practitioners are, and remain, competent and safe to practise.

The Act contains few but important powers for the Minister. In return for the increased powers for the professions in respect of the clinical decisions that relate to fitness for registration and competence to practise, there are checks and balances to ensure that regulatory authorities are held accountable for complying with the provisions of the Act, through the Minister to Parliament.

The Health Pracitioners Competence Assurance Amendment Act provides for five-yearly reviews of the authorities to ensure they are carrying out their functions effectively and efficiently. This was completed in Note: These are PDFs.

If you have difficulty accessing them please contact the library for another file format. Proposals resulting from the two reviews were considered by Cabinet in and an amendment bill was drafted. The Bill was passed on 9 April Related websites.

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About the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act

The Act sets out the rules for the way practitioners are registered, the process for complaints and how professional competence is maintained and assessed. The Act includes ways to make sure health practitioners are competent and fit to practice their professions for the duration of their professional lives. Having one Act for the regulation of health professionals means there are consistent procedures and terminology across all those professions. Examples of other health practitioners currently covered by this Act include doctors, nurses, midwives, chiropractors, dentists, dental hygienists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, medical laboratory scientists and many others. In total 21 health professional groups are regulated under the Act. Structures and Administration enables additional health professions to be designated under the Act and Responsible Authorities to be appointed for additional professions sets out the functions of authorities.



Updates Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act the Act provides a framework for the regulation of health practitioners in order to protect the public where there is a risk of harm from professional practice. Having one legislative framework allows for consistent procedures and terminology across the professions now regulated by the Act. The principal purpose of protecting the health and safety of the public is emphasised and the Act includes mechanisms to ensure that practitioners are competent and fit to practise their professions for the duration of their professional lives. The Act was passed by Parliament on 11 September and received the Royal assent on 18 September


Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act

Tokus Registration of, and practising certificates for, health practitioners. Further provisions relating to Tribunal in Schedule 1. Authorities to axt registers. Complaints about conduct before commencement of this section. Authority must inform applicant that it proposes to depart from indicated scope of practice or to decline application. Provisions applying to Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

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