Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

Key provisions

7 Unqualified person must not claim to be health practitioner

(1)

A person may only use names, words, titles, initials, abbreviations, or descriptions stating or implying that the person is a health practitioner of a particular kind if the person is registered, and is qualified to be registered, as a health practitioner of that kind.

(2)

No person may claim to be practising a profession as a health practitioner of a particular kind or state or do anything that is calculated to suggest that the person practises or is willing to practise a profession as a health practitioner of that kind unless the person—

(a)

is a health practitioner of that kind; and

(b)

holds a current practising certificate as a health practitioner of that kind.

(3)

No person may make an express or implied statement about another person that the other person is prohibited by subsection (1) or subsection (2) from making about himself or herself.

(4)

Subsection (2) does not prohibit a person from stating his or her willingness to practise a profession for the purposes of seeking employment if the person is, or would on obtaining that employment be, qualified to be registered as a health practitioner of that profession and to hold a current practising certificate as a health practitioner of that profession.

(5)

Every person commits an offence punishable on conviction by a fine not exceeding $10,000 who contravenes this section.

Compare: 1995 No 95 ss 9(1), 10(1)

Section 7(5): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).