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Gayle's Law Amendments Protect Rural SA Health Practitioners

OTA was pleased to see the introduction of revised Gayle's Law regulations which close loopholes highlighted by our representatives to ministerial advisers based on consultation with members based in several rural areas of South Australia.

Although the consultation period was narrow we welcomed the willingness of Minister Wade's advisers to hear the concerns and case examples from our membership through our SA Division. The new regulations provide clarity around the overarching responsibilities held by employers in relation to work place health and safety. The amended Gaye's Law regulations embed provisions for second responders to be used in all circumstances of both unscheduled and out-of-hours call-outs by health practitioners and the broader inclusion of persons identified as second responders whilst retaining ongoing restrictions requiring relevant clearances.

We support the further development of the principles of these regulations across non-contracted service areas, small practice management support and protection for cross boarder travelling health practitioners.

For more information on Gayle's Law please visit the SA Health website.

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