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 12 months, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has consulted with the nurses, midwives and the public on revised codes of conduct and launched a national support service for nurses and midwives. These are just two of the many works initiated by the NMBA in 2016/17, according to information published today by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in its annual report.
The NMBA works in partnership with AHPRA to regulate nurses and midwives across Australia under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme). The 2016/17 annual report produced by AHPRA, the NMBA and the other national health practitioner boards is a comprehensive record of the National Scheme for the 12 months ending 30 June 2016.
‘The launch of a national health support service for nurses, midwives and nursing and midwifery students is an important step in ensuring the public has access to safe and competent healthcare,’ said Associate Professor Lynette Cusack RN, Chair of the NMBA. ‘It is important that those who care for the community prioritise their own well-being without fear of stigma.’
The service, which was commissioned by the NMBA, includes a 24-hour confidential telephone service and a website featuring up-to-date advice and referral resources.
Other priorities for the year included stakeholder collaboration and public consultation. Said Associate Professor Cusack RN: ‘In January, we opened public consultation on the revised Code of conduct for nurses and Code of conduct for midwives, and we received over 3,000 responses. This feedback was incorporated into the final codes, which will take effect on 1 March 2018.’
The NMBA also took a proactive role in keeping nurses and midwives informed and up to date with the launch of a new monthly e-newsletter in February 2017. The Board also sought to raise awareness of changes to standards, codes and guidelines.
‘We held information forums nationally, to engage with the professions in person and increase understanding of nurses’ and midwives’ professional obligations,’ said Associate Professor Cusack RN. In all, forums were offered at 31 venues, with over 90 other venues joining via video conference.
The 2016/17 annual report provides a nationwide snapshot of the work of AHPRA and the National Boards and highlights a multi-profession approach to risk-based regulation, with a clear focus on ensuring that the public are protected.
‘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.