National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions

National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions

General, Government, Industry

COAG Health Council meeting as the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council Communique reissued 17 August 2015

The Independent Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professions Australian Health Ministers recently as the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council. Health Ministers considered the Final Report on the Independent Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions (the NRAS Review) and are pleased to publicly release the Final Report.

Health Ministers note that the establishment of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions (the National Scheme) was a unique and important endeavour that involved enactment of near identical legislation by each State and Territory Parliament, thereby replacing the separate jurisdictional registration of health practitioners in 14 health professions with a single National Scheme.

Health Ministers accept that the National Scheme has been embedded within the Australian health system in a relatively short time. Health Ministers agree with the assessment by the Independent Reviewer that while some changes are needed to improve the National Scheme, it remains acknowledged as amongst the most significant and effective reforms of health profession regulation in Australia and internationally.

Health Ministers considered the recommendations arising from the NRAS Review noting that the majority of amendments are designed to enable the National Scheme to fulfil the objectives as set out by Health Ministers at the time of its establishment. The response of Health Ministers to the recommendations have been categorised as:

  1. Improving Consumer Responsiveness
  2. Consolidation of National Boards
  3. Accreditation Functions
  4. Governance Arrangements
  5. Entry into the National Scheme

Entry into the National Scheme is to discussed as part of the final review. Health Ministers note that the NRAS Review has identified a lack of clarity with regard to the purpose and scope of the National Scheme and have agreed to issue a communique to clarify the intent of the National Scheme and propose a process for unregistered professions to raise concerns regarding government policy, funding and programs where absence of registration is the sole factor for exclusion.

To read the comminique, please click here.

The Final Report can be accessed here http://www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au/Publications/Reports

Please forward all enquires in relation to the Final Report of the Independent Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions to NRAS.Review@dhhs.vic.gov.au