Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia - Media release

Media release

01 Nov 2013

The 2012/13 National Scheme Annual Report, which includes a report from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia, has been published.

2012/13 National Scheme Annual Report published

The 2012/13 Annual Report of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the National Boards has been published.

The report details the work of the National Boards and AHPRA in implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme over the 12 months to 30 June 2013.

There are now more than 590,000 health practitioners registered to practise in Australia – an increase in all professions and more than ever before – with one in 20 working Australians a registered health practitioner.

‘The National Scheme has a significant impact on the lives of many Australians – directly on all health practitioners who are registered to practise, and indirectly through our work to protect public safety and maintain professional standards,’ AHPRA Agency Management Committee Chair Peter Allen said.

‘The ongoing, effective functioning of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme is a reflection of the partnership and collaboration between AHPRA and the National Boards,’ Mr Allen said.

For the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health profession the report reveals:

  • 300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners were registered at the end of June 2013, all but two are based in the Northern Territory 
  • four notifications (concerns/complaints) were received about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners 
  • three of the four notifications were closed by the end of June 2013 
  • the Board appointed an Accreditation Committee which resulted in the release of draft accreditation standards for consultation 
  • the Board developed and published a large number of standards, codes and guidelines to guide the profession, and 
  • the outcome of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner Registration Qualification Benchmarking and Risk Assessment Project.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia Chair Peter Pangquee said effective and proportionate regulation was the constant goal of all National Boards.

‘Every decision National Boards make consciously focuses on striking the right balance between public safety and facilitating access to health services,’ Mr Pangquee said.

‘This report explains the work we do, and accounts to the community and the health professions about how we do it,’ he said.

The annual report is published on the AHPRA website under Legislation and publications.

It includes a detailed report – including data – for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia.

A media release about the report – with data across professions and jurisdictions – is published on the AHPRA website.

For more information

  • Lodge an online enquiry form 
  • For registration enquiries: 1300 419 495 (within Australia) +61 3 8708 9001 (overseas callers) 
  • For media enquiries: (03) 8708 9200

Download a PDF of this Media release - 2012/13 National Scheme Annual Report published - 1 November 2013 (123 KB,PDF)

 
 
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