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Thursday, 21 October 1993


MADAM SPEAKER (Ms McRae) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.


MR BERRY (Minister for Health, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Sport) (10.31): Madam Speaker, I present the Chiropractors and Osteopaths (Amendment) Bill 1993.

Title read by Clerk.

MR BERRY: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The Chiropractors and Osteopaths (Amendment) Bill 1993 is one of a series of ACT health professionals registration laws to be amended in line with the Australian Health Ministers' agreement to adopt consistent standards in relation to the regulation of health occupations.

The Chiropractors and Osteopaths (Amendment) Bill 1993 amends the Chiropractors Registration Act 1983 and provides for nationally agreed uniform standards and arrangements for regulating chiropractors and osteopaths and provides for a range of uniform sanctions which can be imposed on a practitioner in disciplinary matters or on health grounds. In particular, the Bill recognises the entitlement of a person who is registered as a chiropractor or osteopath in a State or another Territory to registration in the ACT. It also provides for the Chiropractors and Osteopaths Board to recognise conditions which may have been imposed on the registration of a chiropractor or osteopath in another jurisdiction, and any disciplinary action taken against a chiropractor or osteopath in another jurisdiction, to be applied in respect of the person's registration in the Territory.

These provisions are consistent with the mutual recognition provisions relating to occupations as set out in section 17 of the Commonwealth Mutual Recognition Act 1992. The application of that principle to the Territory and to other jurisdictions has given rise to the desirability of adopting agreed minimum requirements for registration as a chiropractor or osteopath. The principal Act will also be amended to enable chiropractors and osteopaths to be registered as separate professions according to the qualifications they hold. Under the principal Act, both chiropractors and osteopaths were registered in the ACT as chiropractors. This is inconsistent with legislation in other jurisdictions, where the two occupations are registered separately, albeit by one registration board.

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