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Removing Collaborative Requirements in Healthcare

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This alert applies to organisations that employ health practitioners.

Health Legislation Amendment (Removal of Requirement for a Collaborative Arrangement) Bill 2024 (Cth)

Please be advised that on 16 May 2024, the Health Legislation Amendment (Removal of Requirement for a Collaborative Arrangement) Bill 2024 (Cth) (the Bill) passed the Federal Parliament and is currently awaiting Royal Assent. The Bill will commence on 1 November 2024 or the day after the Bill receives Royal Assent, whichever is later.

Operationally Significant Changes

The Bill amends the National Health Act 1953 (Cth) (the Act), with the most significant change (from an operational perspective) being the amendment of the definition of authorised midwife and authorised nurse practitioner.

Further Information

The Bill amends the definitions of authorised midwife and authorised nurse practitioner to remove the legislated requirement for a collaborative arrangement between an eligible nurse practitioner or eligible midwife and a medical practitioner in order for that nurse practitioner or midwife to prescribe Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme medicines and to provide services under Medicare.

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