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Performance Pathway

The key aim of the performance pathway is the successful remediation of a nurse or midwife's professional performance. The performance pathway relies on cooperation from the relevant nurse or midwife. A key benefit of the pathway for the nurse or midwife is the confidential nature of the process, with the aim of addressing concerns in relation to practice. The performance pathway is a supportive and confidential pathway, which provides opportunities to assess a nurse or midwife's practice against the relevant national competency standards.

Performance Assessment

The Council may refer a matter, received by way of a notification (complaint), which indicates that the nurse or midwife may not be performing satisfactorily; the Council may decide to have that nurse or midwife's performance assessed. The appointed Performance Assessors will produce a Performance Assessment report for the Council. The Council will consider the Performance Assessment report and may decide to refer the matter to a Performance Review Panel for further inquiry.

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Performance Review Panel

If a Performance Assessor(s) makes a finding that the professional performance of a nurse or midwife is unsatisfactory, the Council may decide to refer the matter to a Performance Review Panel (PRP) for review.

The Performance Assessment report will be considered by the PRP. A PRP is composed of three members, including two nurses or midwives from the same profession as the nurse or midwife and one lay person. If the practitioner is a Nurse, then at least one of the two practitioner panel members must also be from the same Division. One of the three members will be apointed as the Chair.

The PRP must be conducted with as little formality and technicality and as much expedition as possible. Reviews are conducted in the absence of the public. The PRP Chairperson can require a person (other than the nurse or midwife) to appear before it, or to produce documents.

The nurse or midwife is able to make representations to the PRP and to have a support person accompany them to the PRP. The support person may be a Australian legal practitoner, or other person, but the support person may NOT represent the nurse or midwife.

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