The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (the National Board) has established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Accreditation Committee (the Accreditation Committee) to exercise a number of accreditation functions under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).
The role of the Accreditation Committee is to develop and recommend accreditation standards to the National Board for approval. It then assesses whether programs of study and education providers are meeting the accreditation standards and decides whether or not to accredit the provider and program. The National Board considers the Accreditation Committee’s decision and their report and decides whether or not to approve an accredited program as a qualification for registration as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health practitioner.
Accreditation standards help to ensure that education providers give students the knowledge, skills and professional attributes to competently practise in the profession.
The National Board has approved the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice accreditation standards.
The current accreditation standards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice (Approved accreditation standards 2019) for use by education providers offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice programs took effect on 1 June 2020. The previously approved accreditation standards (2013) are now superseded by the approved accreditation standards 2019.
All education providers wishing to seek accreditation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice programs of study will be assessed against the Approved accreditation standards 2019 and the professional capabilities for registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners.
The Accreditation Committee undertook wide ranging stakeholder consultation about the content of the Accreditation Standards before they were recommended to the National Board for approval.
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