10 Nov 2016
The Medical Board of Australia progressed three major initiatives in 2015/16 to help improve public safety, according to information published by AHPRA today in its 2015/16 annual report.
The 2015/16 annual report by AHPRA and the national health practitioner boards is a comprehensive record of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the 12 months ending 30 June 2016.
‘Over the past year, we focused on cosmetic procedures, doctors’ health and revalidation – on top of our daily work with AHPRA to improve our existing processes and systems,’ said Dr Joanna Flynn AM, Chair of the Medical Board of Australia.
The Board issued Guidelines for medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures in May 2016, and funded a $2 million national network of health services for doctors and students.
‘Our core priority will always be patient safety, but this also involves making sure that medical practitioners and students have access to the services they need to maintain their own health and well-being,’ Dr Flynn said.
The Board also expanded its work to ensure that doctors keep their skills and knowledge up-to-date, by publishing international research and an interim report from an expert advisory group, and launching an extensive consultation with the profession and community about revalidation.
In total, nine new or revised codes and guidelines were approved or took effect during 2015/16, which are outlined in the report. The Board also trialled a new way of organising committee meetings to enable Board members to quickly conduct a preliminary assessment of notifications.
‘There has also been an increase in notifications this year,’ Dr Flynn said. ‘We know how important it is to assess and manage these quickly, so we can close less complex matters early and focus on addressing concerns that pose the greatest potential risk to the public.’
More highlights of the past year include:
For more data and information relating to the Medical Board of Australia in 2015/16, please see the 2015/16 annual report. The report provides a nationwide snapshot of the work of AHPRA and the Boards and highlights a multi-profession approach to risk-based regulation, with a clear focus on ensuring that Australians have a safe and competent health workforce.
‘The regulation of more than 660,000 registered health practitioners across 14 health professions and eight states and territories is an important task,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘There are many things to consider in regulation – but there is only one main focus - public safety.’
Supplementary tables that break down data across categories such as registrations, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance can also be found on the annual report website.
In the coming months, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in every state and territory, which will be released in late 2016. Expanded, profession-specific summaries will also be released and progressively published from early 2017.
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