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Name of social media officer: Katherine Co-Elliott 


This policy provides guidance for members of the practice on using social media internally and externally. The policy helps identify and mitigate risks associated with social media use.


For the purposes of this policy, ‘social media’ is online social networks used to disseminate information through online interaction.


Regardless of whether social media is used for business-related activity or for personal reasons, the following policy requirements apply to all GPs and practice staff of the practice. GPs and practice staff are legally responsible for their online activities, and if found to be in breach of this policy, options could include employment being terminated for serious breaches.

Use of practice social media accounts

The practice will appoint a staff member as a social media officer responsible for managing and monitoring the practice’s social media accounts. All posts on the practice’s social media website must be approved by this staff member. The practice reserves the right to remove any content at its own discretion.

Our practice has assigned the practice manager to post on the Facebook site.  

Website  Instagram, Twitter are managed by Kat from Kaige Designs (Graphic design company) in conjunction with the practice manager/ business manager.

Staff conduct on social media

When using the practice’s social media, practice staff will not:

  • post any material that is

      - unlawful, threatening, defamatory, pornographic, inflammatory, menacing, or offensive 

      - infringes or breaches another person’s rights (including intellectual property rights) or                    -   privacy, or misuses the practices or another person’s confidential information

        (e.g., do not submit confidential information relating to our patients, personal information of             staff, or information concerning the practice’s business operations that have not been made           public)

      - is materially damaging or could be materially damaging to the practice’s reputation or                     image, or another individual 

      - is in breach of any of the practice’s policies or procedures

  • use social media to send unsolicited commercial electronic messages, or solicit other users to    buy or sell products or services or donate money

  • impersonate another person or entity (e.g., by pretending to be someone else or another          practice employee or other participant when you submit a contribution to social media) or by    using another’s registration identifier without permission

  • tamper with, hinder the operation of, or make unauthorised changes to the social media sites

      knowingly transmit any virus or other disabling feature to or via the practice’s social media               account, or use in any email to a third party, or the social media site

  • attempt to do or permit another person to do any of these things

      - claim or imply that you are speaking on the practice’s behalf, unless you are authorised to do           so

      - disclose any information that is confidential or proprietary to the practice, or to any third                 party that has disclosed information to the practice

  • be defamatory, harassing or in violation of any other applicable law

  • include confidential or copyrighted information (e.g. music, videos, text belonging to third      parties)

  • violate any other applicable policy of the practice.


Monitoring social media sites

The practice’s social media channels are part of our customer service and should be monitored and dealt with regularly. The platforms are reviewed daily or when feedback is received. We endeavour to investigate and respond to a complaint or enquiry with 48 hours. Advise a review process and when the Complainant would be likely to receive the response. All complaints should be dealt with within a 28-day period from initial date of complaint.


The practice complies with AHPRA national law and takes reasonable steps to remove testimonials that advertise their health services (which may include comments about the practitioners themselves). The practice is not responsible for removing (or trying to have removed) unsolicited testimonials published on a third-party website or in social media accounts over which they do not have control.

Personal social media use

Staff are free to personally engage in social media outside of work hours, as long as their actions do not have the potential to bring the practice into disrepute. Employees may not represent personal views expressed as those of this practice.

Any social media posts by staff on their personal social media platforms must not reveal confidential information about the practice or a person who uses the practice (e.g. staff should not post information relating to patients or other staff, or information concerning the practice’s business operations that have not been made public).

Staff should respect copyright, privacy, fair use, financial disclosure and other applicable laws when publishing on social media platforms.


Practices require staff to include a disclaimer if they identify themselves as a practice employee on any social media platforms – for example, ‘The views expressed in this post are mine and do not reflect the views of the practice/business/committees/boards of which I am a member’.

Breach of policy

All social media activities must be in line with this policy.

Policy review statement

This policy will be reviewed annually or earlier if a change has been made to this policy, to ensure it is up to date with current changes in social media or relevant legislation. The practice manager will notify the practice team when you amend this policy, via team training. All training can be located on TEAMS under practice training register.

Social Media Policy

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