11 Jun 2021
Have your say on the shared Code of conduct (the code) which sets out the expected professional behaviour and conduct for osteopaths and promotes safe care to help protect the public.
The Osteopathy Board of Australia (the Board), along with 11 other National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra), is reviewing the shared code and wants to hear from people who use it or have an interest in it. Your feedback will help to make the updated code more relevant to practitioners and better able to protect the public.
Board Chair, Nikole Grbin said this is the chance for osteopaths to have their say about expectations of professional behaviour: ‘The code sets out the Board’s expectations of professional conduct and reflects the professionalism that is a crucial part of being a registered osteopath.
‘Practitioners have a professional responsibility to be familiar with the code and apply it in their practice and this is your chance to have a say in what the Board expects.’
The code can be used by the public to help them understand what to expect from registered health practitioners including osteopaths.
‘The shared code builds cross-profession understanding by setting out the same expectations of professional conduct for all health practitioners who use the code. This supports inter-professional practice and contributes to safety and quality in healthcare,’ Nikole said.
Public consultation is open until 6 July 2021. Health practitioners, anyone who sees a health practitioner, education providers and employers are invited and encouraged to have their say.
For information about how to give your feedback please see the consultation paper on the Board’s consultation page.