What are consultations?

The National Boards undertake wide-ranging consultation on proposals that affect the professions.

From time to time, they release consultation papers, asking stakeholders to provide input that will help shape registration standards, codes and guidelines, and policies.

Where there are consultations which have closed, they will be shown under Past Consultations, along with the submissions that were received.

For information about our consultation process, visit the Procedures page.

Listed below are links to the 'Current Consultations' sections of each profession:

Public consultation on the definition of ‘cultural safety’

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) welcomes feedback from all interested persons and organisations, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations and health experts on the definition of ‘cultural safety’.

Released: 3 April 2019 
Closes: 15 May 2019

This public consultation is being released by the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group (Strategy Group) in partnership with the National Health Leadership Forum (NHLF).

The final definition will be applied in the context of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme), and by NHLF member organisations, as a foundation for embedding cultural safety across the National Scheme. This includes the opportunity for using the final, agreed definition in documents such as future Codes of conduct for the professions regulated in the National Scheme and/or registration standards and guidelines.

This is the proposed definition we are seeking your feedback on:

‘Cultural safety is the individual and institutional knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies needed to deliver optimal health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as determined by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.’

Background information

Have your say

To provide your views on the draft definition, please read the consultation paper and complete the online survey or email by close of business Wednesday 15 May 2019.

How your submission is treated

We will publish the submissions we receive as part of this consultation, as well as the name of the person or organisation who provided it. We do this to be transparent about the feedback we receive and how we incorporate, or don’t incorporate, feedback and why.

We don’t publish submissions that are offensive, defamatory, or which are outside of the scope of the consultation.

The Boards publish submissions received on their websites to encourage discussion and inform the community and stakeholders, unless requested otherwise.

Please let AHPRA know if you do not want your submission published.

Page reviewed 5/04/2019