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Hair Testing for Drugs

Optometry Board Australia has announced that registered health practitioners who have restrictions placed on their registration by a National Board as a result of past substance misuse are now subject to routine quarterly hair testing, in addition to random urine testing.

Routine hair testing helps provide comprehensive information about the use – over time – of a wide range of drugs.

The drug screening protocol is part of a wider, national strategy to effectively manage compliance and monitoring across the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Health practitioners who have restrictions on their registration linked to past substance misuse are permitted to continue to work while being monitored and therefore earn an income.

OBA stated that “National Boards will pay the costs of testing required to assess a practitioner, where that testing is required as part of a health assessment required by the Board”. Ongoing screening costs (currently AU$825 including GST) will be paid by the health practitioner, except for instances of proven hardship.

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