10 Nov 2016
The Physiotherapy Board of Australia’s focus in 2015/16 was consistency, efficiency and effectiveness in undertaking the Board’s regulatory role, 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.
‘Public safety is our number-one priority,’ said Dr Charles Flynn, Presiding Member of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. ‘During the past year we continued to refine our regulatory approach, working closely with stakeholders to ensure requirements are clear.’
The Board took part in cross-professional work within the scheme, such as the commencement of the review of supervision guidelines, and commenced discussions with other National Scheme professions, around non-health practitioner prescribing.
‘Whether physiotherapist prescribing becomes a reality will depend on many factors, including the value to the public and unequivocal safety of the community,’ said Dr Flynn.
The Board’s appointed accreditation authority, the Australian Physiotherapy Council, continued the process of review of the Approved accreditation standard.
More highlights of the past year include:
For more data and information relating to the Physiotherapy 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 over 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, and that is 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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