Nurses could supervise returning doctors under AHPRA revamp

The regulator is considering loosening the supervision rules, particularly in rural settings

Doctors returning to practice after an absence could be supervised by non-doctors under proposed new rules from AHPRA.


Draft new rules published last month said supervisors should usually be from the same profession but there could be “exceptional circumstances” — such as when doctors were in rural or remote areas.

In those cases, the Medical Board of Australia could approve a nurse or other health practitioner.

This would not apply to supervision of IMGs, interns or vocational trainees, but could apply to doctors who