Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

118 Functions of authorities

The functions of each authority appointed in respect of a health profession are as follows:


to prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession, and, for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies, or programmes:


to authorise the registration of health practitioners under this Act, and to maintain registers:


to consider applications for annual practising certificates:


to review and promote the competence of health practitioners:


to recognise, accredit, and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of health practitioners:


to receive and act on information from health practitioners, employers, and the Health and Disability Commissioner about the competence of health practitioners:


to notify employers, the Accident Compensation Corporation, the Director-General of Health, and the Health and Disability Commissioner that the practice of a health practitioner may pose a risk of harm to the public:


to consider the cases of health practitioners who may be unable to perform the functions required for the practice of the profession:


to set standards of clinical competence, cultural competence, and ethical conduct to be observed by health practitioners of the profession:


to liaise with other authorities appointed under this Act about matters of common interest:


to promote education and training in the profession:


to promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the authority:


to exercise and perform any other functions, powers, and duties that are conferred or imposed on it by or under this Act or any other enactment.