10 Nov 2016
More than 657,000 health practitioners are now registered as part of Australia’s national registration and accreditation scheme, as detailed in the 2015/16 annual report published today by AHPRA, representing a growth of 20,000 more health practitioners over the past year.
The 2015/16 annual report by AHPRA and the National health practitioner Boards is a comprehensive record of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the 12 months ending 30 June 2016.
The report provides a nationwide snapshot and highlights a multi profession approach to risk-based regulation with a clear focus on ensuring that Australians have a safe and competent health workforce.
‘The regulation of over 660,000 registered health practitioners across 14 health professions and eight states and territories is an important task,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘There are many things to consider in regulation – but there is only one main focus, and that is patient safety.’
‘The annual report gives unique insight into the accomplishments and lessons learned over the past 12 months and provides direction for the year ahead.’
Highlights of the past year include:
‘Greater transparency of what we do and how we do it has been an important focus for AHPRA and the National Boards over the past year,’ said AHPRA’s Agency Management Committee Chair, Mr Michael Gorton AM.
‘We have also had significant and positive feedback in the past year. In August 2015, an independent review of the National Scheme was released, recognising AHPRA’s “unique and substantial achievement”. Then, in November 2015, a review of the quality of healthcare in Australia cited the National Scheme as making Australia a leader among OECD countries.’
‘National Boards work closely with AHPRA to continually improve the effectiveness, consistency and efficiency of the National Scheme by developing new initiatives and improving our processes,’ says Dr Joanna Flynn AM, Chair of the Forum of NRAS Chairs and Chair of the Medical Board of Australia.
‘We are committed to working with a range of our partners across the health system to ensure the work of regulation is well understood and works well for both the public and health practitioners.’
To view the 2015/16 annual report, along with supplementary tables that break down data across categories such as registrations, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance, see the 2015/16 annual report.
In the coming months, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in every state and territory, which will be released in late 2016. Profession-specific summaries will also be released and progressively published from early 2017.
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