15 Nov 2017
The Annual Report for AHPRA and the National Boards for the year to 30 June 2017 is now available to view online.
Over the past year, registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia (the Board) grew by 5.2% to 30,351 registered physiotherapists. This contingent now comprises 4.5% of all health practitioners in the National Accreditation and Registration Scheme (the National Scheme), according to information published today in the annual report by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The 2016/17 annual report, produced by AHPRA and the 14 National Boards, is a comprehensive record of the National Scheme for the year ending 30 June 2017. The Board works in partnership with AHPRA to regulate the physiotherapy profession nationally.
‘Having been regulated for many years prior to the commencement of the National Scheme, physiotherapists know that their professional obligations help protect the public from harm,’ said Dr Charles Flynn, Chair of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. ‘Publishing these requirements on the Board website also helps patients understand what they can expect when they visit a physiotherapist.’
In 2016/17, after broad-ranging consultation with its stakeholders, the Board approved the revised Accreditation standard, which measures programs of study for the purposes of registration. The Board also approved three new programs of study, bringing the total number of approved programs for physiotherapists to 40, across 20 education providers.
‘The Board ‘s focus on accreditation this year extended to developing threshold competencies for registration as a physiotherapist n Australia and New Zealand in collaboration with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand,’ said Dr Flynn. ‘These thresholds have also been offered to international physiotherapy bodies for their consideration to promote consistency of entry-level requirements globally.’
‘There are now almost 680,000 registered health practitioners across Australia,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘This Annual Report highlights our strong and shared commitment with the Board to ensure the public has access to a competent, qualified registered health workforce and to take decisive action when required to keep the community safe.’
To view the 2016/17 annual report, along with supplementary tables that segment data across categories such as registration, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance, see
Annual Report microsite.
In the coming weeks, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in each of the 14 registered health professions. Jurisdictional reports, which present data on registered health practitioners in each state and territory will be published in December.