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Bodies established by the National Law (NSW)

The membership and powers of these bodies is prescribed by Law. These bodies are:

  • Impaired Registrants Panel: convened as part of the Council's non-disciplinary health program to inquire into whether or not a nurse, midwife or student's health problems constitute an impairment under the National Law (NSW). A panel may counsel the nurse, midwife or student or recommend counselling; recommend the nurse, midwife or student agree to conditions placed on his or her practice, and/or make recommendations to the Council as to action it considers should be taken.
  • Performance Review Panel: convened as part of the Council's non-disciplinary performance pathway to inquire into whether or not a nurse or midwife's performance is below the standards reasonably expected of a nurse or midwife of an equivalent level of training or experience and if necessary impose restrictions on practice or conditions requiring further education to ensure professional standards and public safety are maintained.
  • Professional Standards Committee: convened as part of the disciplinary pathway to inquire into notifications (complaints) considered to be at the level of unsatisfactory professional conduct. If a committee finds the subject matter of a notification (complaint) proved, it may, amongst other things caution or reprimand a nurse or midwife; direct that appropriate registration conditions be imposed; order that the nurse or midwife seek and undergo medical or psychiatric treatment or counselling; and/or that the nurse or midwife complete an education course. A committee may refer a matter to the Tribunal.
  • Nursing and Midwifery Tribunal: convened as part of the disciplinary pathway to inquire into complaints that may be considered at the level of professional misconduct. If a Tribunal finds the subject matter of a complaint proved the Tribunal may ,in addition to the above powers, suspend or cancel the registration of a nurse or midwife.

Selection of members to panels, committees and tribunals 

Professional members and lay members for the Council sub-committees, panels, committees and tribunals are selected and appointed by the Council from approved lists that have been nominated either by the Council (in the case of professional members) or by the NSW Minister for Health (in the case of community members). More information about current vacancies can be found under Expressions of Interest.