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Health practitioners

Health practitioners include chiropractors, dental practitioners, dental technicians, dental prosthetists, medical practitioners, medical radiation technologists, occupational therapists, optometrists, osteopaths, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists and speech pathologists.

The registered health practitioner industry is regulated by 14 national boards who register practitioners and students, as well as performing other functions for their profession.


Disciplinary proceedings

QCAT conducts disciplinary proceedings against health practitioners after the board has investigated and referred a complaint. Only a board can apply to commence disciplinary proceedings against a health practitioner in QCAT.

If QCAT finds that grounds for discipline are established, the tribunal may:

  • issue an advice, caution or reprimand to the health practitioner
  • impose conditions on the health practitioner’s registration
  • approve an undertaking entered into with the health practitioner’s agreement, between the practitioner and the practitioner’s board and about the practitioner’s professional conduct or practice
  • require the health practitioner to give an undertaking including a financial assurance
  • order the health practitioner to attend further health assessments
  • suspend the health practitioner’s registration for a stated time
  • impose conditions under which the health practitioner may practise after the end of a suspension period
  • cancel the health practitioner’s registration
  • where the health practitioner’s registration is cancelled, impose conditions under which the health practitioner may reapply for registration and set conditions which must be imposed on any future registration
  • require the health practitioner to pay a fine
  • order the health practitioner to do anything else the tribunal considers appropriate
  • order the health practitioner to stop doing anything else the tribunal considers inappropriate.

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Review a QCAT decision relating to disciplinary proceedings

QCAT can review its disciplinary decisions including those:

  • determining that the health practitioner is impaired
  • ordering the health practitioner to attend further health assessments
  • imposing conditions on the health practitioner’s registration
  • setting conditions on the health practitioner’s registration after a suspension period
  • ordering the health practitioner to do anything else the tribunal considers appropriate
  • ordering the health practitioner to stop doing anything else the tribunal considers inappropriate.

Apply for a review of a QCAT disciplinary decision.

Review a board’s decision relating to disciplinary proceedings

QCAT can review boards' disciplinary decisions including those:

  • determining a health practitioner is impaired
  • ordering a health practitioner to attend further health assessments
  • suspending, cancelling or imposing conditions on a health practitioner’s registration
  • recording details of conditions or an undertaking a health practitioner made in the board’s register
  • setting the period after which a health practitioner may ask for another health assessment.

Apply for a review of a board’s disciplinary decision.

Review a board’s decision relating to registration or supervisory matters

QCAT can review board decisions relating to registration and whether a person is suitable to supervise probationary registrants or a particular registrant.

Apply for a review of a board’s registration or supervisory decision.

Review a panel’s decision

QCAT can review panel decisions including those:

  • determining whether grounds for disciplinary action exist against a health practitioner
  • taking disciplinary action against a health practitioner
  • about the period during which a health practitioner may not apply for a review of the decision
  • recording a health practitioner has been given advice, a caution or a reprimand and the period for which it is to be recorded
  • recording details of conditions or an undertaking a health practitioner made
  • removing or changing conditions on a health practitioner’s registration
  • removing conditions on a health practitioner’s registration and replacing these with another action a panel may decide.

Apply for a review of the panel's decision.

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Descriptions of QCAT's jurisdiction on this website are general information only. They do not definitively describe the types of applications on which QCAT can make decisions. The relevant legislation determines QCAT's jurisdiction. If you are unsure about your legal rights, you should seek legal advice. Your individual circumstances should guide any actions taken to resolve your dispute.

If you are seeking a review of an authority's decision, generally you must apply within 28 days of the decision being made. There are exceptions to this rule - check your information notice about the specific time limit in your case.

Last reviewed
11 August 2017
Last updated
11 August 2017

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