Health Practitioners (Protected Quality Assurance Activity—Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Peer Review Groups) Notice 2019

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Health Practitioners (Protected Quality Assurance Activity—Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Peer Review Groups) Notice 2019

Pursuant to section 54(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, the Minister of Health, being satisfied of the matters set out in that subsection, gives the following notice.

Notice

1 Title

This notice is the Health Practitioners (Protected Quality Assurance Activity—Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Peer Review Groups) Notice 2019.

2 Commencement

This notice comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette.

3 Interpretation

In this notice, specified health practitioner means a health practitioner who is registered with the continuing professional development programme of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

4 Declaration of protected quality assurance activity

The following quality assurance activities are protected to the extent that they are undertaken by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in relation to specified health practitioners:

(a)

reviewing, analysing, and monitoring clinical work through peer review; and

(b)

identifying and analysing adverse outcomes, in the context of peer review; and

(c)

making recommendations on how the health practitioners who engage in an activity can improve their performance so as to—

(i)

improve the quality of care they provide; and

(ii)

reduce the incidence of adverse outcomes; and

(d)

facilitating and monitoring the implementation of any such recommendations.

Dated at Wellington this 25th day of July 2019.

Hon Dr David Clark,
Minister of Health.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This notice comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette. It declares the quality assurance activities described in clause 4 to be protected. Quality assurance activities are activities that are undertaken to improve the practices or competence of health practitioners by assessing the health services performed by those practitioners. The effect of protecting a quality assurance activity is that—

  • any information that becomes known solely as a result of the activity is confidential; and

  • any documents brought into existence solely for the purposes of the activity are confidential; and

  • the persons who engage in the activity in good faith are immune from civil liability.

The protections afforded by this notice are subject to certain statutory exceptions. For example, this notice does not prohibit the disclosure of information that does not identify, either expressly or by implication, a particular individual.

This notice remains in force for 5 years unless sooner revoked.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 8 August 2019.

This notice is administered by the Ministry of Health.