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Registered and unregistered health practitioners

There are two broad groups of health practitioners in Queensland – registered and unregistered. Each group has different laws and rules relating to how they must practice and what action we can take if a complaint is made about them. The important thing to remember is that anyone can make a complaint to us about both registered and unregistered health practitioners.

Registered health practitioners

In Australia, to work as a healthcare practitioner in any of the healthcare professions regulated by a national board, you must be registered.

There are 15 national boards, including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia
  • Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
  • Chiropractic Board of Australia
  • Dental Board of Australia
  • Medical Board of Australia
  • Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
  • Osteopathy Board of Australia
  • Optometry Board of Australia
  • Pharmacy Board of Australia
  • Paramedicine Board of Australia
  • Physiotherapy Board of Australia
  • Podiatry Board of Australia
  • Psychology Board of Australia.

The national boards are responsible for a range of functions including setting academic requirements and granting registration to qualified health practitioners.

It is a requirement under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Queensland) (referred to as the National Law) that a practitioner must be a registered health practitioner to practice in a profession regulated by one of the national boards.

Further information can be found on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.


Unregistered health practitioners

Unregistered health practitioners include:

  • all health practitioners who are not required to be registered under the National Law
  • deregistered practitioners (practitioners who are no longer registered under the National Law).

Rules have been established under the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers (Queensland) that apply to all health workers in Queensland, including unregistered health practitioners. In addition, the Queensland code applies to registered practitioners who provide health services unrelated to their registration.

More information about the Queensland Code can be found on the Queensland Health website.