In some states of Australia, all psychologists in private practice have a duty to report cases of child abuse or neglect.  It is important to note that in Queensland, psychologists in private practice DO NOT have a duty to report these issues, although psychologists employed in the education and health system MAY be required to report, depending on the specifics of their terms of employment.  This does not mean that private practicing psychologists never make notifications.  However, it does mean that a psychologist in private practice can choose whether or not to notify based on a range of relevant factors.  These decisions are always difficult, and are never taken lightly. All registered health professionals do have a duty to report any other registered health professional who is practicing in a way that is likely to place the public at risk. For more information.

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