Do practice managers and procurement officers fall within the Code’s definition of Healthcare Professional?
The Code’s definition of Healthcare Professional is broader than that in the Therapeutic Goods legislation. It includes any individuals or entities involved in the provision of health care services and/or items to patients; which purchase, lease, recommend, use, arrange for the purchase or lease of, or prescribe Medical Technologies in Australia. The definition includes a person under the direction and control of a Healthcare Professional.
Typically employed by, and reporting to, a Healthcare Professional, practice managers perform practice management tasks in a healthcare setting. These tasks can include arranging for the purchase or lease of Medical Technologies. As such, many practice managers will fit within the Code’s definition of Healthcare Professional. Companies should be mindful of this when interacting with practice managers, and ensure that their interactions comply with the provisions of the Code.
Similarly, procurement officers will not typically fit within the definition of Healthcare Professional in the Therapeutic Goods legislation. However, procurement officers are closely involved in the provision of health care items to patients, and fall within the Code’s definition of Healthcare Professional.