22 Nov 2022
There were 852,272 registered health practitioners across 16 regulated professions at 30 June 2022. This included over 20,000 practitioners on the temporary pandemic sub-register which allowed eligible, recently retired health practitioners to help in response to COVID-19.
'The past year has seen our healthcare systems under exceptional pressure and supporting our health workforce is more important than ever. We have aimed to play our part fully to ensure all Australians have access to safe, professional and high-quality registered health practitioners,’ Ahpra CEO Martin Fletcher said.
There was a steady increase in notifications raising concerns about the conduct, performance or impairment of a registered health practitioners. However, over 60% of these notifications did not require regulatory action, with practitioners or their employers taking steps to resolve the issue. More than 70% of the notifications we closed were closed on average within six months.
'We recognise the significant stress for both practitioners and notifiers when a concern is raised with us. While there are significant challenges, we continue to focus on improving the timeliness of our regulatory processes, access to support for both practitioners and notifiers and improving our communication throughout,’ Mr Fletcher said.
Ahpra aims to be a flexible organisation, responding to changing phases of the pandemic, workforce needs, changing models of healthcare delivery and supporting health practitioners in their professional practice.
We updated the shared Code of conduct which sets out the expectations for 12 regulated professions
We revised our regulatory principles that underpin our decision making, making it clear that public protection is our paramount objective. We sought to better support notifiers and witnesses in sexual boundary cases by establishing the Notifier Support Service, staffed by social workers.
The community is at the heart of our work. We strengthened our Community Advisory Council to ensure a strong voice for the public in all our work.
‘My thanks to Ahpra staff, Board and Committee members and our partners for their work over the past year and their strong commitment to protecting and promoting patient safety across Australia,’ Mr Fletcher said.
To view and download the 2021/22 annual report, visit the Ahpra website.