01 Jul 2014
All Boards and AHPRA have launched refreshed regulatory principles for regulating in the public interest. Today also marks our 4th birthday and new arrangements in Qld.
The National Boards and AHPRA have today launched refreshed regulatory principles that will underpin the work of the Boards and AHPRA in regulating Australia’s health practitioners, in the public interest.
The principles are endorsed by all National Boards and the AHPRA Agency Management Committee and will guide Boards and AHPRA when they are making decisions.
The principles encourage a responsive, risk-based approach to regulation across all professions within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme).
Regulatory decision making is complex and contextual, requiring judgment, experience and common sense. The principles will further support decision making which is consistent and balanced.
AHPRA and the National Boards will be seeking feedback on the principles in a formal consultation later in 2014 and will review them based on this feedback and 12 months experience. The regulatory principles are included below.
Today also marks the four-year anniversary of the National Scheme (with Western Australia joining in October 2010). Reflecting on the past four years, Mr Gorton said the National Scheme had delivered important benefits for the quality and safety of the health system in each state and territory and for health practitioners and the community.
’National registration has meant national mobility for all registered health practitioners, underpinned by consistent national standards within and increasingly across professions,’ AHPRA Chair, Mr Michael Gorton AM said.
The National Scheme was the product of an important national health workforce reform, which was internationally significant in its scale and ambition.
Headline achievements in the last four years include:
In the past 12 months, AHPRA (on behalf of the National Boards) has:
The Chair of the Forum of Chairs of National Boards, Dr Mary Russell, said AHPRA and the National Boards were actively engaged in the opportunities created by the National Scheme review, led by independent reviewer Kim Snowball.
’Preparing for the review has created an opportunity to reflect not only on how far we’ve travelled in four years, but also to identify our goals are for the future and our strategies to meet them,’ she said.
’We are looking forward to engaging in the consultation process and in community debate about the National Scheme, how it can improve and what we might need to do differently to realise the benefits for all Australians,’ Dr Russell said.
The Boards and AHPRA also welcomed the start of the co-regulatory arrangements in Queensland, effective from 1 July 2014.
From today, anyone with a complaint about a health practitioner in Queensland should make it direct to the Office of the Health Ombudsman (OHO) by calling 133 OHO (133 646).
For more information about how notifications/complaints work nationally, please visit the What is a notification? page on the AHPRA website.
’We have made significant progress in Queensland since 2013. Our improved performance in managing notifications is more timely and we have established an effective partnership with the Ombudsman in preparing for the new regulatory arrangements that take effect today,’ said Mr Gorton.
The principles adopted by AHPRA and the National Boards are as follows.
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