Legal members sought for NSW health professional Councils regulatory committees

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The Health Professional Councils Authority (HPCA) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced lawyers to chair or participate in a range of regulatory committees such as Professional Standards Committees and Performance Review Panels. Successful applicants will be appointed to a panel that may be accessed by any of the 15 health professional Councils in NSW.

Closing date:     Friday 22 November 2019

Contact:             Sharlene Wiebenga

                            Senior Policy and Project Advisor, Corporate Governance

                            9219 0273


The primary responsibility of the Councils is to protect the public by managing complaints and notifications about the health, performance and conduct of registered health practitioners in NSW. The Councils work closely with the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC).

All of the 15 health professional Councils in NSW conduct other regulatory processes in which legal practitioners may participate, including Performance Review Panels and Immediate Action (s.150) hearings. Applicants should be able and prepared to participate in regulatory processes for any Council.

Panel members are also responsible for chairing Professional Standards Committees, which are held by the Medical Council of NSW and the Nursing & Midwifery Council of NSW.  Chairpersons are periodically appointed by the relevant Council to a specific Professional Standards Committee established to hear a specific complaint. Applicants should be able and prepared to chair Professional Standards Committees for both Councils.

Applicants should consult the information package, which includes the selection criteria, and the Expression of Interest form, which applicants must complete.

Applicants should submit a brief statement addressing each of the selection criteria and an up to date curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum of 5 pages). Applicants will be selected on merit.