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 year, registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia (the Board) grew by 6.5% to 2,230 registered osteopaths. This contingent now comprises 0.3% of all health practitioners in the National Accreditation and Registration Scheme (the National Scheme), according to information published today in the annual report by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The 2016/17 annual report produced by AHPRA and the 14 National Boards is a comprehensive record of the National Scheme for the year ending 30 June 2017. The Board works in partnership with AHPRA to regulate optometrists across Australia.
‘A key focus for us this year was to share knowledge that will enhance osteopaths’ understanding of their obligations under the National Law,’ said Dr Nikole Grbin, Chair of the Osteopathy Board of Australia. ‘This work included rolling out detailed messaging about what is allowed and is not allowed when advertising osteopathic services.’
An awareness-raising campaign, which included Guidelines for advertising regulated health services was implemented due to a large number of bulk complaints made about advertising made during the year. Of 252 complaints that could fall under the category of ‘statutory offence’ this year, 250 were about potential breaches of the law in relation to advertising osteopathic services.
‘The Board has made sure to communicate with the profession and to keep an up-to-date list of resources, including codes, guidelines and policies, to help practitioners stay on top of requirements,’ said Dr Grbin.
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.