Building a good referral network of local health care providers can be a great way to build your practice. But your clients’ best interests always come first.
This policy is designed to affirm your commitment to transparency with referrals to and from other health care providers. For Australian speech pathologists it is also designed to help you demonstrate compliance with the SPA Code of Ethics and the proposed National Code for unregistered health practitioners (modelled on the Code the applies currently to unregistered health practitioners in New South Wales).
Among other things, the policy makes it clear that you don’t pay or accept payments or other inducements for referrals, and refer clients on to other health professionals when appropriate to assist with their health care needs.