Regulatory change on the way?

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A new consultation paper includes proposals that could change the way national boards regulate health practitioners

AHPRA has welcomed the release of a consultation paper by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council, which discusses how to keep the national legislation on the registration and accreditation of health practitioners across the country up to date.

The consultation paper, Regulation of Australia’s health professions: keeping the National Law up to date and fit for purpose, outlines potential changes to the National Law.

AHPRA CEO, Martin Fletcher, said the paper contains a series of proposals that will change the way that Australia’s 700,000 plus registered health practitioners and more than 150,000 registered students are regulated by their National Board if implemented.

“The National Law is the cornerstone of how we regulate registered health practitioners in Australia and we welcome the opportunity for the public and practitioners to have their say,” said Mr Fletcher.

“We’re particularly pleased to see the proposal for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the guiding principles of the National Law.

“This is proposal reflects our recent shared commitment with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders to help achieve equity in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians by 2031.

“It’s important that the proposals in the consultation paper are considered fully in terms of whether they help to ensure the public continue to have access to high quality and safe health services from registered health practitioners, while maintaining fairness for practitioners.”

National Boards and AHPRA say they plan to examine the paper carefully and provide considered responses on the proposals.

They say they encourage others to provide considered feedback via the submissions process by the closing date on 31 October 2018.

The paper can be viewed here.

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