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Ahpra in numbers

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Registration

 

  • 852,272 registered health practitioners in Australia across 16 professions in 2021/22
    • This includes 20,781 practitioners on the pandemic sub-register
  • 26,552 (+3.2%) more registrants in 2021/22 than in 2020/21 (up from 825,720)
  • 85,052 applications for registration received across all professions
    • 84,141 applications for registration finalised
    • 44,098 applications from new graduates, including nearly 24,340 nursing applications
  • 75,543 domestic and international criminal history checks made
    • 2,899 (3.8%) of these found disclosable court outcomes 
    • Only 21 were serious enough to affect a practitioner’s registration
  • 765,078 practitioners had their registration renewed; renewal is now online-only
     
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Accreditation

 

  • The National Scheme accredited more than 840 approved programs of study, delivered by more than 130 education providers
  • 184,353 students studying to be health practitioners through an approved program of study or clinical training program in 2021/22
 
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Notifications

 

  • 10,803 notifications about 8,380 health practitioners received by Ahpra in 2021/22
  • Nationally 14,313 practitioners had 18,710 notifications made about them (including complaints managed by the Health Professional Councils Authority in NSW and the Office of the Health Ombudsman in Queensland)
  • 1.7% of all registered health practitioners were the subject of a notification
  • 6.2% more notifications Australia-wide than in 2020/21 
  • 6,983 (64.6%) notifications received were about a single concern, 2,520 notifications (23.3%) were about two concerns, and 1,300 (12.0%) were about three or more concerns
  • 925 notifications about lack of appropriate professional boundaries (63% increase)
    • The increase can be attributed to new concern types relating to sexism, sexual harassment or gendered violence in healthcare, and expectations of practitioners to maintain respectful, professional practice
  • National Boards took immediate (interim) action 685 times to restrict or suspend the registration of a practitioner
  • 1,033 mandatory notifications received, 18.4% fewer than in 2020/21
  • 10,350 notifications closed by Ahpra in 2021/22
  • Joint consideration with the Office of the Health Ombudsman in Queensland began on 6 December 2021; 2,100 notifications were jointly considered 
     
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Compliance

 

  • 2,568 practitioners monitored for health, performance and/or conduct during 2021/22
  • 4,740 cases being actively monitored at 30 June 2022
    • The majority, 2,814 cases (59.4%), were about suitability/eligibility for registration
  • 499 complaints about advertising made
     
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Legal action

 

  • 11 prosecutions and 3 appeals in the courts
  • 344 matters referred to independent tribunals 
  • 187 matters about professional misconduct determined by tribunals; 98.4% resulted in disciplinary action
  • 103 appeals lodged in tribunals
  • 418 criminal offence complaints received
    • 75.8% about title protection
       
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Board and committee appointments

 

  • In 2021/22, 668 appointments made:
    • 100 Ministerial appointments of National Board members 
    • 388 National Board appointments of national committee and panel members
    • 60 Ministerial appointments of state, territory or regional board members
    • 120 National Board appointments of state, territory and regional committee members
  • 13 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples were appointed across seven National Boards, one regional board and three committees 
     
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Responding to inquiries

 

  • 766 calls answered and 278 web enquiries responded to every business day by Customer Service team
  • 481 media enquiries responded to
  • 286 valid freedom of information applications received
  • 106 requests received for access to data for research 

 

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Communicating and engaging

 

  • Ahpra website viewed more than 29 million times
  • Our social media posts seen more than 3 million times with 135,109 interactions (likes, shares and comments); 106,453 LinkedIn followers; 77,715 Facebook interactions; 11,416 Twitter followers; 2,798 Instagram followers
  • 617 news items, including 37 media releases, published
  • 71 court and tribunal summaries published
  • 61 National Board newsletters, with an average open rate of 63.2%
  • 18 episodes of our Taking care podcast 
     

For more information about how we have performed, and to download our latest annual report, see the 2021/22 annual report.

 
 
Page reviewed 22/11/2022