15 Nov 2019
More than 41,500 new registered health practitioners joined the National Scheme in 2018/19.
Over 41,500 new registered health practitioners were welcomed to national registration over the past year, including the registration of more than 17,000 paramedics for the first time, in data published in the 2018/19 Annual Report of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
‘We welcomed 41,696 new health practitioners into the National Scheme in 2018/19. That means one in every 17 people working in Australia is a registered health practitioner. To ensure this large group is trained, qualified and competent, there are now over 1,000 approved programs of study,’ AHPRA CEO Martin Fletcher said.
The report also shows AHPRA directly received 9,338 concerns (notifications) about registered health practitioners and closed 8,979 during 2018/19.
‘This was our busiest year ever with more notifications received and more notifications closed than ever before.’ said Mr Fletcher.
‘AHPRA works in close partnership with the National Boards. Our annual report highlights the combined work we do to regulate health practitioners efficiently and effectively to keep the community safe,’ said Mr Fletcher.
‘We are committed to improving the notification experience for both notifiers and practitioners and this report indicates we are making progress. The number of notifications received by AHPRA also suggests the public are becoming more aware of their option to report their health care concerns.
Insights from the year include:
To view and download the 2018/19 annual report, visit the AHPRA website.