The National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner is an independent statutory officer appointed by the COAG Health Council.
The role was established on 1 July 2010, to coincide with the introduction of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (as in force in participating states and territories). The purpose of the National Law is to create a national registration and accreditation scheme for health practitioners in 16 professions. In order to implement this scheme, the National Law establishes the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the 15 National Boards, the AHPRA Management Committee and the Australian Health Workforce Advisory Council.
The role of this office is to provide ombudsman, privacy and freedom of information oversight of the national health practitioner regulation scheme, particularly in relation to the actions of AHPRA and the 15 National Boards. In order to fulfil these functions, the National Law confers specified jurisdiction on the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner that is derived from the Ombudsman Act 1976 (Cwlth), the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwlth), and the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cwlth).
For efficiency, the separate Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner roles are combined in the single office of the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner.