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Committees assisting the Council in the exercise of its functions

Section 41 of the Health Practitioner National Law (NSW) allows the Council to establish committees to assist it in connection with the exercise of any of its functions. The members of a committee need not be members of the Council.

The Council has established a number of committees to assist with the exercise of its functions. These include:

  • Notifications Committee: delegated to consult with the Health Care Complaints Commission and to undertake functions of the Council related to the assessment of notifications (complaints).
  • Section 150 Inquiry and Review Committee: established by the Council to hold section 150 inquiries and to exercise the Councils powers to suspend or impose conditions on the registration of a nurse or midwife or student for the protection of the health or safety of any person or persons or otherwise in the public interest (sections 150 to 152J of the National Law (NSW)). Where a registered nurse, midwife or student applies to the Council for a review of a decision of the Council suspending his or her registration or imposing conditions on registration the committee may conduct a review.
  • Counselling Committee: is established by the Council to counsel a nurse, midwife or student who has been ordered or directed by the Council, the tribunal, a professional standards committee or the notifications committee or an impaired registrants panel to attend counselling.
  • Health Review Committee: assists the Council with the monitoring of the health program and provides advice and recommendations to the Council about the progress of nurses and midwives and students who have had health conditions imposed on their registration.
  • Education and Research Committee: provides advice to the Council about the expenditure of the Council's Education and Research Account.
  • Strategic Management Committee: provides strategic oversight of the Council's activities and makes recommendations to the Council. 

The above committees consist primarily of Council members. The Council President is an ex-officio member of all committees. Occasionally external professional participants are co-opted to be members of these committees when expertise which is not available within the Council membership, is required.