1.1.T.170 Treating health professional (THP) (CA, CP)

Definition: CA & CP (child)

The Secretary has approved the following classes of people as THPs who can complete the DCLA (1.1.D.170) professional questionnaires for child care receivers:

  • a person registered or licensed as a medical practitioner under a law of a state or territory that provides for the registration or licensing of medical practitioners,
  • a person registered or licensed as a nurse under the law of a state or territory that provides for the registration or licensing of nurses,
  • an occupational therapist who is eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists,
  • a person registered or licensed to practise physiotherapy under a law of a state or territory that provides for the registration or licensing of physiotherapists,
  • a person registered as a psychologist under a law of a state or territory that provides for the registration of psychologists,
  • a person employed in a clinical role as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander health worker, by a health service, in a geographically remote location,
  • a person registered or licensed to practice speech pathology under a law of a state or territory that provides for the registration or licensing of speech pathologists, or
  • if registration or licensing of speech pathologists is not available in a state or territory, a person employed as a speech pathologist who is a member of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited.

Act reference: SSAct section 38E Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) Determination, section 38F Treating health professional

Definition: CA & CP (adult)

The Secretary has approved the following classes of people as THPs who can complete the ADAT (1.1.A.78) professional questionnaire for adult care receivers:

  • a person registered or licensed as a medical practitioner under a law of a state or territory that provides for the registration or licensing of medical practitioners,
  • a person registered or licensed as a nurse under the law of a state or territory that provides for the registration or licensing of nurses,
  • an occupational therapist who is eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists,
  • a person registered and licensed to practise physiotherapy under a law of a state or territory that provides for the registration or licensing of physiotherapists,
  • any member of an Australian, state and territory government funded ACAT, and
  • an Aboriginal health worker may be considered equivalent to a THP if:
    • the claimant lives in a remote area such as a remote Aboriginal community,
    • there is likely to be a delay from obtaining a report from one of the above listed THPs, AND
    • the care receiver's medical condition was originally diagnosed by a medical practitioner.

Act reference: SSAct section 38C Adult Disability Assessment Tool

Last reviewed: 3 January 2017