05 Nov 2015
The 2014/15 annual report: AHPRA and 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 2015.
There are now more than 637,218 health practitioners registered to practise in Australia, from 14 different professions, representing overall growth of 2.9% over the past year. The number of registered medical practitioners has increased to 103,133, representing overall growth of 3.8%.
Medical Board of Australia Chair Dr Joanna Flynn AM said the Board’s focus was on public safety and systems improvements that would support risk based regulation and decision making.
‘Effective regulation balances early identification of risk and proportionate regulatory action,’ Dr Flynn said.
‘We are focused on strengthening our data reporting and analysis, so we can detect issues early and make informed decisions about what kinds of regulatory action will keep patients safe,’ Dr Flynn said.
She said the Medical Board was closely monitoring mandatory reporting data to better understand emerging trends and make sure registered medical practitioners are aware of and meet their mandatory reporting obligations.
The annual report provides information about actions the National Boards and AHPRA have taken to help meet our objectives under the National Law.
Maintaining and publishing up to date information about the current registration status of every health practitioner registered to practise in Australia remained one of the most important protective features of the National Scheme.
‘Information about every registered health practitioner - published on the national online register - is essential for employers and helps patients make informed decisions about their healthcare’ said Martin Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer of AHPRA.
For the medical profession, the 2015 annual report reveals that:
Other highlights include:
The 2014/15 Annual Report includes some profession-specific data but a more detailed report, with data specific to medical practitioners, will be published on the Board’s website before the end of the calendar year.
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 - 2014-15 National Scheme annual report launched - 5 November 2015 (216 KB,PDF)
1Queensland is now a co-regulatory jurisdiction. AHPRA only has access to data about complaints referred from the Office of the Health Ombudsman. This year, there were 61% fewer complaints referred to AHPRA from the OHO than were received directly by AHPRA the previous year. We cannot report on all complaints made about health practitioners in Queensland
2NSW 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. Some NSW regulation data published in the 2014/15 annual report may vary from data published in the NSW HPCA annual report due to subsequent data review by the HPCA.