Unregistered practitioners

The law prohibits a non-registered person from holding themselves out as a health practitioner (section 116) and health practitioners who are not registered as medical practitioners from holding themselves as such (section 117). The Council will refer to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) complaints about persons who are not registered medical practitioners and who advertise themselves or hold themselves out to be a registered medical practitioner, doctor of medicine, physician or surgeon.

The Council will also refer to AHPRA complaints about persons holding themselves out as specialist medical practitioners when they are not registered under the law in a recognised specialty.