The Victorian Government has introduced new legislation into Parliament which will revamp Health Complaints Legislation for Victoria.

It principally expands the reach and powers of the Health Services Commissioner (to be renamed the Health Complaints Commissioner), and provide a more comprehensive health complaints system to better protect the public.

The new legislation follows a major review of the legislation some time ago, by an Independent Panel chaired by Russell Kennedy Principal, Michael Gorton AM. The recommendations of the Independent Panel have been largely taken up in this new legislation by the Victorian Government.

A significant addition to the Health Complaints legislation, as recommended by the Independent Panel, is also to extend the powers of a new Health Complaints Commissioner to deal with unregistered providers of health services, particularly those who may be making false or harmful claims, or providing incompetent or inappropriate health services.

The legislation also will recognise those health practitioners who have been banned in other States, by preventing them offering their services in Victoria.

The Health Complaints Bill 2016 is now in Parliament for consideration.