Duty to report - Impaired health professional

If in the course of treatment a medical practitioner thinks that either physical or mental incapacity will impair the practice of the following professionals, they should provide a written report to the person of the relevant body. 

Health professional

Adjudicating body


Doctor Medical Board Medical Practitioner's Act 1983
Dentist* Dental Board Dental Practice Act 2001
Occupational therapist Occupational Therapists Board Occupational Therapists Act 1974
Chiropractor Chiropractic Board Chiropractors Act 1991
Pharmacists Pharmacy Board Pharmacists Act 1991
Physiotherapist Physiotherapist Board Physiotherapists Act 1991

* includes having a communicable disease 

Disclaimer: Note: The information described here relates solely to operational matters in the Emergency Department.  Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the content. However, neither the author or the hospital will take responsibility for errors resulting from its use.  Please refer to your own departmental guidelines and verify all clinical decisions with a reliable source.  

Date Last Reviewed: 05/08/2004