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Statements - standards for doctors

Our Statements outline the standards expected of doctors.  They aim to assist doctors to provide good medical practice, and may be used by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, the Council and the Health and Disability Commissioner as a standard by which doctors can be measured.

Good Medical Practice

Download Good medical practice (December 2016, PDF)

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Medical care

Download Doctors and CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) (November 2017, 5 pages, 204 KB)

Download A doctor’s duty to help in a medical emergency (August 2006, 4 pages, 56 KB)

Download HRANZ Joint Guidelines for registered health care workers on transmissible major viral infections (November 2005, 4 pages, 53 KB)

Download Cosmetic procedures (November 2017, 4 pages, 135 KB)

Download Safe practice in an environment of resource limitation (September 2018)

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Good prescribing practice

Download Statement on good prescribing practice (November 2016, PDF, 268 KB)

Download Doctors and performance enhancing medicines in sport (February 2017, 3 pages, 198 KB)

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Communication and informed consent

Download Information, choice of treatment and informed consent (March 2011, 8 pages page, 102 KB)

Download Use of the internet and electronic communication (December 2016, 1 page, 207 KB) 

Download Telehealth (June 2016, 5 pages, 188 KB)

Download Ending a doctor-patient relationship (March 2011, 1 page, 58 KB)

Download Maintenance and retention of patient records (August 2008, 2 pages, 100 KB)

Download Disclosure of harm following an adverse event (December 2010, 4 pages, 71 KB)

Download When another person is present during the consultation (March 2004, 4 pages, 62 KB)

Download Statement on advertising (December 2016, 5 pages, 2023 KB)

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Cultural competence

Download Cultural competence (August 2006, 3 pages, 66 KB)

Download Best practices when providing care to Māori patients and their whānau (Aug 2006, 4 pages, 109 KB)

Download Best health outcomes for Māori: Practice implications (Oct 2006, 47 pages, 3.55 MB)

Download Best health outcomes for Pacific Peoples: Practice implications (May 2010, 44 pages, 1.26 MB)

Download Competence Partnership Equity (Sep 2015, PDF, 489 KB)

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Download Responsibilities of doctors management and governance (March 2011, 2 pages, 71 KB)

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Download What to do when you have concerns about a colleague (December 2010, 6 pages, 129 KB)

Download Unprofessional behaviour and the health care team. Protecting patient safety (August 2009, 4 pages, 137 KB)

Download Medical certification (September 2013, 4 pages, 205 KB)

Download Sexual boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship (Nov 2018, PDF)

Download Professional Boundaries in the Doctor-Patient Relationship (Nov 2018, PDF)

Download Providing care to yourself and those close to you (November 2016, 188 KB)

Download Non-treating doctors performing medical assessments of patients for third parties (December 2010, 4 pages, 70 KB)

Download Doctors and health related commercial organisations (July 2012, 4 pages, 122 KB)

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Download What to expect from your doctor when you have a cosmetic procedure (June 2008, 16 pages, 206KB)

Download You and your doctor (March 2008, 16 pages, 107KB)

Download Council's principles for assessment and management of complaints and notifications (July 2014, PDF, 408 KB)

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