01 Nov 2013
The 2012/13 National Scheme Annual Report, which includes a report from the Medical Board of Australia, has been 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.
Medical Board of Australia Chair, Dr Joanna Flynn, said the past year had delivered many challenges while the Board worked hard to ensure effective medical regulation in Australia.
‘While working behind the scenes to consolidate and develop many of the processes and polices needed for fair regulation, the Board consciously focuses on striking the right balance between public safety and facilitating access to health services,’ Dr Flynn said.
The annual report reveals that:
AHPRA Agency Management Committee Chair Peter Allen said the National Scheme had 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.
‘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.
Dr Flynn said a Board priority this year was on progressing work to streamline the pathways for international medical graduates to make it easier for them to apply for registration, without compromising the rigor of assessment processes.
‘We also started a conversation about whether we should consider introducing a revalidation process to ensure that all doctors who are on the register remain fit and competent to practise,’ she said.
‘The annual report explains the work we do, and accounts to the community and the health professions about how we do it,’ she said.
The annual report is published on the AHPRA website under Legislation and publications.
It includes a detailed report – including data – for the Medical Board of Australia.
A media release about the report – with data across professions and jurisdictions – is published on the AHPRA website.
Download a PDF of this Media release - 2012/13 National Scheme Annual Report published - 1 November 2013 (216 KB,PDF)
1NSW is part of the National Scheme but notifications about practitioners’ health, performance and conduct are handled by the HCCC and the NSW health professional councils supported by the HPCA.