11 Aug 2021
A new independent accreditation committee has been established by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) in line with Health Ministers’ policy direction issued earlier this year and as a key element of Health Ministers’ response to the Independent Review of Accreditation Systems Final Report.
The broad stakeholder membership of the committee will bring a wide range of perspectives to the new committee’s work, recognising the importance of professional and accreditation expertise as well as community, employer and education provider involvement.
Newly appointed committee chair, Professor Andrew Wilson welcomed the committee’s establishment.
‘I’m delighted to be chairing this committee which is responsible for providing independent and expert advice on accreditation systems reform and future directions to National Boards, Accreditation Authorities and Ahpra.’ Professor Wilson said.
‘Accreditation is a crucial part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. I look forward to working with the committee to provide the best possible advice and to support the continued provision of high-quality education and training across the professions and sustain our health workforce into the future.’
Ms Gill Callister PSM, Chair of the Ahpra Agency Management Committee said she was looking forward to the committee progressing their important work.
‘Accreditation provides a framework for assuring that individuals seeking registration are suitably trained, qualified and competent to practise as health practitioners in Australia. Ms Callister said.
‘The new committee brings together a broad range of expertise that will help inform health practitioner education to support future workforce needs and protects the public,’ she said.
The committee’s terms of reference have been published on the Ahpra website.
Members have been appointed for a three-year term and have been drawn from categories identified by the Health Council, with the addition of a member who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Nominee of the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare