The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the organisation responsible for the registration and accreditation of 10 health professions across Australia.
Each health profession that is part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme is represented by a National Board.
While the primary role of the Boards is to protect the public, the Boards are also responsible for registering practitioners and students, as well as other functions, for their professions.
The 15 National Boards are:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia
- Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
- Chiropractic Board of Australia
- Dental Board of Australia
- Medical Board of Australia
- Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia
- Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
- Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
- Optometry Board of Australia
- Osteopathy Board of Australia
- Paramedicine Board of Australia (not fully regulated until late 2018)
- Pharmacy Board of Australia
- Physiotherapy Board of Australia
- Podiatry Board of Australia
- Psychology Board of Australia
All Boards are supported by AHPRA.
Complaints to AHPRA
AHPRA can investigate complaints about the conduct, health and performance of a registered health practitioner.
Activities considered as breaches of professional conduct are categorised as professional misconduct, unprofessional conduct, and notifiable contact. Practitioners are health impaired if they have a physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder that detrimentally affects, or is likely to detrimentally affect their capacity to practise their profession. The professional performance of a registered practitioner is defined to be unsatisfactory if it is below the standard reasonably expected of a practitioner of an equivalent level of training or experience.
Notifications (includes Complaints)
Members of the public may make a notification or complaint to AHPRA about the conduct, health or performance of a practitioner or the health of a student.
Practitioners, employers and education providers are all mandated by law to report notifiable conduct relating to a practitioner or student. Registered practitioners who fail to report notifiable conduct may face disciplinary action by their National Board.
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