The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) is a single, nation-wide scheme for registered health practitioners. The scheme ensures that all regulated health professionals are registered against consistent, high quality, national professional standards and can practise across state and territory borders without having to re-register in each jurisdiction.
This is a statement of intent – between the 15 national health practitioner boards (the National Boards), the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), accreditation authorities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector leaders and organisations.
We share a joint commitment to the following vision and values:
Patient safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is the norm. We recognise that:
Cultural safety is defined here as the individual and institutional knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies needed to deliver optimal health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
We acknowledge that there is currently no nationally agreed definition of cultural safety.
We will work together to achieve equity in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians to close the gap by 2031.
We share a commitment to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have access to health services that are culturally safe and free from racism so that they can enjoy a healthy life, equal to that of other Australians, enriched by a strong living culture, dignity and justice. We also commit to ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are actively leading the design, delivery and control of health services. We commit, using our leadership and influence, to realising our vision including through our application of the National Law1 to ensure:
1 Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).