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New glossary of accreditation terms

09 Oct 2023

The Accreditation Committee has published its Glossary of accreditation terms following public consultation earlier this year.

The glossary is designed to create a shared language and understanding of the terms used in the Committee’s advice.

Accreditation Committee Chair Professor Andrew Wilson said ‘The Committee is delighted to publish its Glossary of accreditation terms – the first and one of the most important deliverables from our work plan. We hope the glossary helps to foster a shared understanding of our future advice among our stakeholders.’

In developing its initial work plan, the Committee identified that different language is used across National Scheme professions, entities and stakeholders to describe varying aspects of accreditation and the issues referred to the Committee by Ministers.

The glossary includes the definition of cultural safety for the National Scheme and builds on terms and meanings already defined in the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory. It also incorporates the Health Professions Collaborative Forums’ (HPACF) Glossary of terms for annual program monitoring reports. Terms and meanings will be added to the glossary as the Committee’s work evolves and new terms and meanings are defined in its work.

‘Thank you to the HPACF and its members for their joint work with Ahpra in developing this glossary. Thanks also to the stakeholders who participated in the consultation and helped us to refine the glossary,’ Professor Wilson said.

The glossary is available on Accreditation Committee’s publications page of the Ahpra website. It should be read alongside the Committees advice and guidance in other areas.

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