10 Nov 2016
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) introduced two major new initiatives to support nurses and midwives to provide safe care to the public during the past year, according to information published by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) today in its 2015/16 annual report.
The past year saw the NMBA commission the development of a national health support service for nurses and midwives, which includes a confidential telephone service and a website of up-to-date resources. The nationwide service is expected to be available from early 2017.
‘Our number-one priority will always be patient safety,’ said Dr Lynette Cusack RN, Chair of the NMBA. ‘One way we can protect the public is by ensuring that nurses and midwives have the health support they need to provide safe care. It’s important that they can access confidential advice on issues related to their health anywhere in Australia.’
The NMBA also commissioned a project to develop standards for practice for registered nurses, which included a review of existing national competency standards and consultation with close to 10,000 stakeholders.
‘These standards are contemporary, relevant and useful across all contexts of registered nurse practice,’ Dr Cusack said of the newly developed Registered nurse standards for practice, which took effect on 1 June 2016.
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 2015/16 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.
More highlights of the past year include:
For more data and information relating to the Nursing and Midwifery 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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