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Make a notification

In Queensland, all mandatory and voluntary notifications are made to the Health Ombudsman.

The Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO) works with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) to manage complaints about registered health practitioners in Queensland, including notifications.

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Mandatory notifications

In Queensland, if you are a registered health practitioner, employer or health educator you must notify the OHO as soon as possible if you reasonably believe

  • a registered health practitioner has demonstrated 'notifiable conduct' (see below)
  • a student has an impairment that, during the course of their clinical training, places the public at substantial risk of harm.

This is called making a 'mandatory notification'.

Notifiable conduct means a registered health practitioner has:

  • practised while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
  • engaged in sexual misconduct in connection with the practice of their profession
  • placed the public at risk of substantial harm, in the course of their practice, due to impairment
  • placed the public at risk of harm due to a significant departure from accepted professional standards in practicing the profession.


Voluntary notifications

If you are a registered health practitioner, employer or health educator, you can choose to notify us about a registered health practitioner's:

  • poor professional conduct
  • sub-standard knowledge, skill, judgement or care
  • lack of suitability to hold registration
  • impairment
  • breach of the National Law
  • breach of a condition of their registration
  • registration being, or possibly being, improperly obtained.

You can choose to notify us about a student:

  • that has been charged, convicted, or found guilty of an offence punishable by 12 months imprisonment
  • having, or possibly having, an impairment
  • having, or possibly having, breached a condition of their registration or an undertaking given by them to a National Board.


How to make a notification

1. Download the notification form

2. Complete the form, then email or post it back to us (*See bottom of page 4 of notification form for our email and postage address).


Complaints about unregistered health practitioners

While there are no mandatory requirements for unregistered health practitioners, these practitioners must comply with the National Code of Conduct for Healthcare Workers.

The Health Ombudsman can take immediate action and prohibit a practitioner from providing a particular health service, or restrict service delivery when serious issues are identified in their provision of health services.

Anyone who forms a reasonable belief that an unregistered practitioner is putting the health and safety of the public at risk in any way, should make a complaint to the OHO.

This may include:

  • practising unsafely, incompetently or while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs
  • financially exploiting someone
  • engaging in a sexual or improper personal relationship
  • discouraging someone from seeking clinically accepted care or treatment
  • making false or misleading claims about the health benefits of a particular health service
  • making false or misleading claims about qualifications, training, competence or professional affiliations held.