National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers by ARC

Since 2007 the Australian Reiki Connection Inc. (ARC) has been an active stakeholder at the various Government forums and discussions in relation to Codes of Conduct for health care workers (called unregistered** health practitioners in NSW and SA Code)

Note: ** An unregistered practitioner is any health practitioner, who is not required to be registered under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law or who provides services that are unrelated to their registration.

New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland already have legally binding Code based schemes in place, which empower Health Complaints Commissioners to make orders which prohibit health care workers from practicing or place conditions on their practice.

The National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers became law in Victoria on 1 Feb 2017

These codes are now legally binding on health care workers in Victoria.

In summary, the Code of Conduct says that general health services:

• Provide safe and ethical healthcare
• Obtain consent for treatment
• Take care to protect consumers from infection
• Minimise harm and act appropriately if something goes wrong
• Report concerns about other practitioners
• Keep appropriate records and comply with privacy laws
• Be covered by insurance
• Display information about the Code of Conduct and making a complaint.

Must not
• Mislead consumers about their products, services or qualifications
• Put consumers at risk due to any physical or mental health problems
• Practice under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Make false claims about curing serious illnesses such as cancer
• Exploit consumers financially
• Have inappropriate relationships with consumers
• Discourage consumers from seeking other health care or refuse to cooperate with other practitioners if they do.

It is the responsibility of every Reiki practitioner to ensure they adhere to the above:

  • that they Practice in full awareness and compliance of their Local Government, State/Territory Government as well as the National/Federal Government, rules and regulations.

  • that they carry the correct level of Combined Liability Insurance

  • If first aid is not available at their place of practice, to have a current first aid certification (HLTAID003 Provide first aid)

ARC requires our Members in ACT, TAS, NT, WA – where the legislation is still in the process to adhere to the Victorian (National Code)

ARC will continue to advise of the remaining State/Territory enactments of the National Code as we are made aware of them.

Download a full copy of the  national code here

Read National Code of Conduct brochure  here

Read FAQ’s on National Codes here

Download copy of NSW Code of Conduct (introduced 2015)

Download copy of QLD Code of Conduct (introduced 2015)

Download copy of SA Code of Conduct (Amended March 2019 to conform to National Code)

For more information by the Australian Reiki Connection, visit

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