02 Jan 2020
A new report on how accreditation can improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes has been welcomed by National Boards and Ahpra.
Achieving equity in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians is a shared commitment led by the National Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group and outlined in the Statement of Intent.
Ahpra CEO Martin Fletcher congratulated the Forum and the Australian Dental Council (ADC) on the release of The role of accreditation in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes report.
‘Accreditation authorities, National Boards and Ahpra are committed to working together to achieve equity in health outcomes and this report makes an important contribution,’ Mr Fletcher said.
The Forum, which is made up of the accreditation authorities for the health professions regulated in the National Scheme, wanted to better understand and address the role accreditation plays in improving the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The project collected and analysed data from accredited health practitioner programs across Australia, to inform a collective strategy which will involve accreditation authorities promoting quality education of health practitioners to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes and produce a culturally safe workforce.
‘The findings from this project, along with the work being done by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group shows how we can act collectively to drive change and improve the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities,’ said Julie Brayshaw, Co-Convenor of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy Group.
To read the final report please visit the Accreditation publications webpage.
For more information about the Forum, please visit the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum website.