AHPRA stats include more notifications of health professionals

There was a 16% increase in notifications made about health practitioners in 2014, with more than 10,000 notifications (called “complaints” in Queensland). The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has released these details in its 2013/2014 annual report.

Key statistics in the report include:

  • 10,047 notifications were received in 2013/2014, up from 8,648 in 2012/2013
  • 1.4% of the 619,509 registered practitioners were subject to a notification
  • There was an 18.6% increase in notifications about medical practitioners, and a 26% increase in nursing & midwifery notifications
  • 56% of notifications were about medical practitioners, who make up 16% of total health practitioners
  • Of the matters decided by tribunals, 88% resulted in disciplinary action
  • AHPRA carried out 61,000 criminal record checks which led to 79 actions to limit registration
  • There are more than 120,000 students studying to be health practitioners in Australia
  • 96% of practitioners completed the workforce survey, which assists in workforce planning and reform
  • AHPRA received 547 advertising-related complaints, with 296 of the cases being closed
  • In optometry for the first time, there were more female (50.2%) practitioners than male

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