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Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

6: Structures and administration

118   Functions of authorities

    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
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

      (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

      (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.

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