10 Nov 2016
The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia intensified its focus on processing the last surge of grandparenting registration applications during 2015/16, according to information released today in the 2015/16 annual report published by AHPRA.
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.
‘A large number of complex applications were received towards the close of grandparenting provisions on 30 June 2015,’ said Professor Charlie Xue, Chair of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.
The board implemented the special provisions to provide an available pathway to registration for existing practitioners who did not have contemporary, approved qualifications.
‘We wanted as quick and easy a process as possible for existing practitioners while maintaining an emphasis on protecting public safety,’ said Prof. Xue. ‘To ensure longstanding practitioners were not unreasonably left off the register, our Registration and Notifications Committee increased the monthly meeting schedule to fortnightly, full-day sessions at various times throughout the year.’
More highlights of the past year include:
For more data and information relating to the Chinese Medicine 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 patient 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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