10 Nov 2016
In order to make the registration and regulation of osteopaths as seamless and transparent as possible, the Osteopathy Board of Australia revised five core Registration standards in 2015/16, according to information published by AHPRA today in its annual report.
The 2015/16 annual report by AHPRA and the national health practitioner boards is a comprehensive record of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the 12 months ending 30 June 2016.
‘It’s important that we give osteopaths all the information and tools they need to provide the public with the best possible healthcare,’ said Dr Nikole Grbin, Chair of the Osteopathy Board of Australia. ‘Communicating the changes in registration standards was a priority for us in 2015/16.’
The Board informed registrants of the changes in newsletters and a well-attended webinar, and a video was produced, outlining what graduates need to do to before they can register and practise as osteopaths. Information on the renewal process was also covered, and the resource Osteopathy registration: what you need to know was published on the Board website.
‘The revised standards outline the professional obligations of practitioners,’ said Dr Grbin, ‘so patient safety is always top-of-mind.’
More highlights of the past year include:
For more data and information relating to the Osteopathy 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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