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Date posted: 27 July 2012
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice professionals are now being regulated nationally.
From this month, practitioners must have national registration and accreditation under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Under the national scheme, established by the Council of Australian Governments in 2010, there is a national board for each profession, which sets the professional standards that each practitioner must meet to be registered.
AHPRA says the purpose of health practitioner regulation is to protect the public by ensuring that only health practitioners who have the skills, qualifications and knowledge to provide safe care are registered. Under the national scheme, practitioners register once, renew yearly, and can practice anywhere in Australia (within the scope of their registration).
AHPRA agency management committee chair Peter Allen said more than 16,000 practitioners transitioned into the national scheme from local, state or territory boards, while nearly 14,000 additional practitioners had applied to be registered for the first time.
'Registration delivers benefits for the public and for practitioners. Greater transparency and nationally consistent standards means the community can make more informed choices about the practitioners who provide their health care,' Mr Allen said.
'There is a national, online register of practitioners that publishes information about the registration status of all registered health practitioners.'
Source: Koori mail; Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)