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Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

1: Preliminary and key provisions

3   Purpose of Act

    3 Purpose of Act

  (1)  The principal purpose of this Act is to protect the health and safety of
members of the public by providing for mechanisms to ensure that health
practitioners are competent and fit to practise their professions.

  (2)  This Act seeks to attain its principal purpose by providing, among other

      (a)  for a consistent accountability regime for all health professions;

      (b)  for the determination for each health practitioner of the scope of
practice within which he or she is competent to practise; and

      (c)  for systems to ensure that no health practitioner practises in that
capacity outside his or her scope of practice; and

      (d)  for power to restrict specified activities to particular classes of
health practitioner to protect members of the public from the risk of serious
permanent harm; and

      (e)  for certain protections for health practitioners who take part in
protected quality assurance activities; and

      (f)  for additional health professions to become subject to this Act.

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