AHPRA welcomes report of 3 year independent review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme which regulates 14 health professions in Australia

AHPRA NRAS reviewThe Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency recently welcomed a report following an independent three-year review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) and the Health Ministers’ response to its recommendations.

‘Such positive and constructive feedback reflects the focus and commitment to improvement of everyone who works at AHPRA, all members of national, state and territory boards and their committees,’ said AHPRA CEO Martin Fletcher.

‘Strong partnerships are central to the effectiveness of the National Scheme and will again enable AHPRA and the National Boards to continue the work planned or underway to improve the National Scheme, in the public interest,’ Mr Fletcher said.

The review contains 33 recommendations grouped in five major areas:

  • Improving consumer responsiveness – this particularly focuses on improving notifications management and the processes around complaints about health professionals
  • Consolidation of National Boards – perhaps consolidating some of the lower volume boards and reducing the number of committees
  • Accreditation – improving efficiency, effectiveness and administrative arrangements
  • Governance arrangements – improving transparency and accountability in any necessary reforms
  • New professions – more clarity to be provided for any new professions entering the NRAS

More than 619,500 health professionals from 14 health professions are now listed on the national register. The 14 professions governed by NRAS are:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners
  2. Chinese medicine
  3. Chiropractors
  4. Dentists
  5. Medical practitioners
  6. Medical radiation practitioners
  7. Nurses and midwives
  8. Occupational therapists
  9. Optometrists
  10. Osteopaths
  11. Pharmacists
  12. Physiotherapists
  13. Podiatrists
  14. Psychologists

See more of the media statement from AHPRA here.

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