26 Jun 2023
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and National Boards have released results from 2021 surveys of practitioners’ sentiment and perceptions about our role and work.
The results will inform work to improve our engagement with regulated health professions, with the aim of improving trust and confidence in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
The report released today provides the results from an anonymous survey conducted in late 2021 of a random sample of registered health practitioners. There were 14,670 responses from practitioners.
It is important to consider the context of the health and political landscape when this survey was completed. The health system was experiencing significant pressures and workforce shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic and border closures. These survey results are likely to reflect the impacts of that environment on many health practitioners.
The surveys were, in the main, the same as ones carried out in 2018, 2019 and 2020, allowing for the comparison of changes in awareness and sentiment over the period. The overall survey results, when compared with the previous years’ data, are stable.
Reputational Insights 2021 report – Ahpra and National Boards (471 KB,PDF)
The National Boards have also published profession-specific reports based on the results of the online survey of registered health practitioners.
From 2023, we will be following a different approach to surveying and engaging with practitioners and other external stakeholders to gain insights and feedback on our role and work.