From 1st October 2015, the National Code of Conduct for Healthcare Workers will apply to health workers in Queensland. They will join their fellow in NSW and South Australia where the Code has already been implemented. Other states and territories will follow as the Code is rolled out nationally.
Be kind to others. Show gratitude
The Reiki Precepts don’t usually spring to mind when we think about regulation, but conducting your professional practice, in accordance with the National Code, is very much aligned with Reiki values of care and compassion.
Be diligent in work. Earn your living honestly
The National Code is designed to ensure clients are respectfully cared for in the broadest sense, including their physical, financial, moral and psychological safety. We work diligently and honestly when we abide the laws that apply to us.
Who is to Comply?
The Queensland Code sets minimum standards of conduct for healthcare workers who are:
• not required to be registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.
• registered health practitioners under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and who provide health services that are unrelated to their registration
How does this affect me?
Reiki Practitioners who provide treatments to the public in Queensland must now ensure they comply with the National Code. We recommend that you self-assess your practice against the requirements detailed in each of the Clauses below. Some Reiki practitioners may have to obtain appropriate insurance, undertake First Aid training, learn how to implement Infection Control, or Informed Consent, or how to make referrals, and more. It may also impact how you advertise your services.
If you are a Registered Health Practitioner who also provides Reiki treatments to clients, you must abide the Code in your provision of Reiki.
Do Reiki Masters have to comply?
The teaching practice of Reiki masters is not subject to this regulation. Reiki Australia and other Reiki associations agree that Reiki masters provide training in a spiritual personal practice and healing art. However, Reiki masters who provide treatments to the public are required to comply. And Reiki masters, whose students may provide treatments to the public, will want to be informed enough to offer basic guidance to such students. Reiki Australia has the knowledge and resources to support your students.
Does this mean Reiki is being regulated?
No. In fact, the National Codes are likely to be helpful in advancing Reiki as a safe, non-invasive, effective treatment option, by ensuring high standards of client safety and giving credibility to Reiki practitioners. Plus, the strengthened mechanisms for handling complaints will mean unscrupulous practitioners can more easily be identified and prohibited from practicing.
Where can I get help to ensure I comply?
If you are unconfident to interpret and apply the new Code; if you feel unsure about your responsibilities, or you would like guidance in becoming compliant, we recommend that you consider membership of Reiki Australia. Since 2002 we have actively participated, at state and national level, in the development of the National Code, so you can be assured that you’ll get great support from a knowledgeable team.
As a member you’ll also save on insurance, and get your professional profile displayed in our modern, high-powered online directory, as part of your membership benefits.
Clause 16 of the National Code requires all practitioners covered by this Code, to hold appropriate insurance. Reiki Australia has negotiated insurance at a great discount rate for Reiki master and practitioner members, including those who practice other modalities.
In 2010 Reiki Australia created a specific category, Accredited Reiki Treatment Practitioner, to accredit members whose practice complied with NSW Code of Conduct that formed the foundation of the National Code.
Reiki Australia has developed a comprehensive ”Grandparenting” process that enables Reiki practitioners to be acknowledged for their experience, competency and compliance.
Once you have joined as a Reiki Practitioner member, you’ll have access to the Grandparenting process to become an Accredited Reiki Treatment Practitioner member while ever this option remains available.
What does the Code include?
The Queensland Code includes the following main clauses (further detail is set out in sub-clauses):
Clause 1: Healthcare workers to provide services in a safe and ethical manner
Clause 2: Healthcare workers to obtain consent
Clause 3: Appropriate conduct in relation to treatment advice
Clause 4: Healthcare workers to report concerns about treatment or care provided by other health care workers
Clause 5: Healthcare workers to take appropriate action in response to adverse events
Clause 6: Healthcare workers to adopt standard precautions for infection control
Clause 7: Healthcare workers diagnosed with infectious medical conditions
Clause 8: Healthcare workers not to make claims to cure certain serious illnesses
Clause 9: Healthcare workers not to misinform their clients
Clause 10: Healthcare workers not to practice under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Clause 11: Healthcare workers with certain mental or physical impairment
Clause 12: Healthcare workers not to financially exploit clients
Clause 13: Healthcare workers not to engage in sexual misconduct
Clause 14: Healthcare workers to comply with relevant privacy laws
Clause 15: Healthcare workers to keep appropriate records
Clause 16: Healthcare workers to be covered by appropriate insurance
Clause 17: Healthcare workers to display code and other information