AHPRA urged to rethink advertising guidelines

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is being urged to revise its advertising guidelines so that registered health professionals do not have to ask patients to remove comments they post on websites.

Under Section 6.2.3 of the AHPRA Advertising Guidelines, pharmacists, doctors and other registered health practitioners are obliged to ask any individual who writes online about their clinical care to delete their social media posts, or face sanctions from their national board.

However, a number of health professionals have launched a