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CPD46m of CPD
Total Rating(s)66
First Published
Updated03 July 2019
Expires06 June 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

All professionals registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have a duty to comply with mandatory reporting legislation.

  • What is mandatory reporting?
  • Who does it apply to?
  • When should you report abuse?
  • The authorities that are involved.
  • Consequences of failing to comply with mandatory reporting legislation.
Learning Outcomes
  • Know when it is mandatory for you to report a situation of concern to a third party.
  • Know to whom a mandatory report should be referred.
  • Be familiar with relevant legislation for your jurisdiction in Australia.
  • Correctly document a mandatory report.
Target Audience

RNs, RMs, ENs, paramedics, all other healthcare professionals.

Validation of Learning

  1. Evidence that you have read relevant legislation relating to your jurisdiction;
  2. Documentation that you have read the relevant ‘Code of Practice’ of your profession;
  3. Review of the policies and procedures in your workplace.


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Linda Starr Visit

Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care, and management. She has held senior positions in academia including the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is Chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, Fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, Foundation President of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, Member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the International member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.

Learner Reviews

66 Total Rating(s)
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Erin Law
17 Sep 2019

Well presented and informative. Slightly less useful if outside nursing field, however still great knowledge to reinforce and gain!

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Leonie Macpherson
15 Sep 2019

Good clear presentation

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Chenelle Gray
14 Sep 2019


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Andreas Waltmann
11 Sep 2019

The lecturer was very informative and the brief testing of knowledge was helpful.

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Amy Orsatti
04 Sep 2019

Comprehensive cover of all topics related to Mandatory Reporting.

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Jackie Shaw
02 Sep 2019

This on-line learning module make the reporting obligations for health professionals very clear.

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Kate Danielle Thomas
29 Aug 2019

good information

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Evelyn Meyers
24 Aug 2019

As below

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Dianne Lee
21 Aug 2019

Mandatory Reporting is an excellent resource for nurses, midwives and other health professionals. It is well presented, easily understood, clear and coherent. The presenter is excellent and the graphics support the words. The module covers all the necessary and important aspects related to client care and community safety: child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, firearms, mandatory reporting of health professionals, and much more. The resources provided are extensive.

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Teena Van der Werff
20 Aug 2019

New knowledge was gained