13 June 2013
With regard to social media, the College acknowledges the stated
concern of some practitioners "that a social media policy could
constrain the use of social media to assist good practice" (page 6)
but agrees strongly with the assertion that "Health practitioners
should be aware of their ethical and regulatory responsibilities
when they are interacting online, just as in person" (page 30).
Accordingly, the College supports AHPRA's proposal that guidelines
for the use of social media by health professionals be put in
The College supports AHPRA's key assertion that "a person is
responsible for content on their social networking pages even if
they were not responsible for the initial publication of the
information or testimonial" (page 15). It also strongly endorses
the statement: "When using social media, health practitioners
should remember that the National Law, the Code of Conduct and the
Advertising guidelines apply" (page 31).
The College notes that proposed revisions to the Guidelines for
mandatory notifications serve to define and clarify terms used in
the existing guidelines and accepts that this is a useful exercise.
However, while APHRA asserts that "The threshold to trigger a
mandatory notification in relation to a practitioner is high" (page
32), the College reiterates its belief that the application of the
mandatory notification requirement must not be such as to deter
clinicians in need of help from seeking it.