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:

(a)

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:

(b)

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

(c)

to consider applications for annual practising certificates:

(d)

to review and promote the competence of health practitioners:

(e)

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

(f)

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

(g)

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:

(h)

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

(i)

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

(j)

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

(k)

to promote education and training in the profession:

(l)

to promote public awareness of the responsibilities of the authority:

(m)

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.