Are more health professionals up to no good?

Latest data from AHPRA show a 20% increase in complaints and concerns, including a 17% increase in mandatory notifications

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the National Boards have released 2015-16 information regarding the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Data shows there were 10,082 notifications (complaints or concerns) received nationally during 2015-16, an increase of 19.7%.

AHPRA points out that there has been a 105.5% increase in matters referred to AHPRA from the Office of the Health Ombudsman in Queensland that impacted on the number of notifications.

However there was also an increase in mandatory notifications during the same period.

Registered health practitioner are required to notify the Board if, in the course of practising their profession, they form a reasonable belief that another registered health practitioner has behaved in a way that constitutes ‘notifiable conduct’.

Mandatory notifications increased nationally by about 17%, from 789 in 2014-15 to 920 in 2015-16.

Other notable findings:

  • NSW has the largest number (29%) of registered health practitioners in Australia.
  • QLD saw the greatest growth from 2014-15 to 2015-16, with total registration numbers in the state increasing by 4.6%
  • WA has the highest percentage of women in the registered health workforce, totalling 78% of all practitioners in the state.
  • Nationally, women comprised over three-quarters of the total registered health workforce.
  • NT had the fewest registrants overall, at 1.1% of total practitioners.
  • NT has the largest group of registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health practitioners in Australia (35.8%).

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