National practice standards for the mental health workforce 2013

Standard 13: Ethical practice and professional development responsibilities

Page last updated: November 2013

In the provision of treatment and care practitioners are accountable to people, families and carers, within the boundaries prescribed by national, professional, legal and local codes of conduct and practice.

Mental health practitioners recognise the rights of people, carers and families, acknowledging power differentials and minimising them whenever possible. Practitioners take responsibility for maintaining and extending their professional knowledge and skills, including contributing to the learning of others.

The mental health practitioner:

  1. Demonstrates legal, ethical and accountable mental health practice and ethical decision making that remains open to the scrutiny of people with lived experience, peers and colleagues
  2. Participates in professional development relevant to their role and professional interests
  3. Actively participates in lifelong learning and professional development for themselves and others, including supervision and peer review when appropriate
  4. Engages in reflective practice
  5. Effectively uses evaluation, research and feedback from supervisors, colleagues, people, family members and/or carers to review practice
  6. Exercises self-care for good mental health and wellbeing
  7. Seeks to practise new skills, use new knowledge and integrate new learning into daily work activities
  8. Works within their scope of practice and seeks assistance where necessary
  9. Complies with policies and procedures for reporting potential breaches of codes of conduct, impairment and incompetence
  10. Complies with policies and procedures and relevant accreditation requirements for quality service delivery