Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - 2016/17 AHPRA Annual Report now published

2016/17 AHPRA Annual Report now published

15 Nov 2017

The Annual Report for AHPRA and the National Boards for the year to 30 June 2017 is now available to view online.

The report provides a nationwide snapshot and highlights a multi-profession approach to risk-based regulation across the work of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. Our mission is to make sure that Australians have access to a safe and competent registered health workforce.

Insights from the year include:

  • More practitioners: There were 21,000 more registered health practitioners, totalling 678,938 health practitioners across the 14 regulated professions. Student registrations increased by more than 3,000 registrants to 157,213.
  • Growth in notifications: This year, AHPRA received more notifications than in any other year since the National Scheme began (6,898), an increase of 13.9% nationally (1.6% of the registration base). The top three notifier complaints related to clinical care (42.8%), medication issues (11.9%) and health impairment (8.4%).
  • Improved management of notifications about practitioners: While we received more notifications than ever before, we also closed more than ever before during the year (6,669).
  • Dealing with advertising-related complaints: This year saw the formation of a strengthened team within AHPRA dedicated to managing complaints about advertising and other statutory offence breaches. This year, we received 1,895 advertising-related complaints and 368 new offence complaints relating to title protection.
  • Ensuring public safety through monitoring and compliance: 4,952 practitioners had their registration monitored in 2016/17. The majority of active monitoring cases related to additional requirements in relation to suitability and eligibility for registration.

‘AHPRA works in close partnership with 14 National Boards’ said AHPRA CEO Martin Fletcher. ‘Our Annual Report highlights the joint work we do to regulate health practitioners efficiently and effectively to keep the community safer.’

To view and download the 2016/17 annual report, visit the 2016/17 annual report.

In the coming months, AHPRA and the National Boards will publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in each state and territory. Profession-specific summaries will also be available for download from the AHPRA website.

For more information

  • Lodge an online enquiry form
  • For registration enquiries: 1300 419 495 (within Australia) +61 3 9275 9009 (overseas callers)
  • For media enquiries: (03) 8708 9200
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