Use of Specialist Titles

Section 117 of the National Law prohibits a practitioner from knowingly or recklessly taking or using any title that could be reasonably understood to create a belief that the practitioner is registered in a health profession or a division of a health profession in which the practitioner is not registered.

Use of titles such as ‘neurology’ and ‘paediatrics’ to describe the skill set of a registered health practitioner may breach this provision of the National Law and may also be misleading and deceptive if the profession has no recognised specialist categories for registration.

The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the Board) is currently undertaking a Return to practice pathways project. The Board has been doing a lot of work to improve the clarity and accessibility of the information that it has on its website in relation to recency of practice. The article below was provided by the Board as a snapshot of what is expected: