Board and AHPRA publish health profession agreement



The Dental Board of Australia (the Board) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have published the Health Profession Agreement (HPA) for 2016-20.

The HPA sets out the partnership between the Board and AHPRA, and the services AHPRA will provide in supporting the Board to carry out its functions.

The Board and AHPRA work together to implement the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (National Scheme), which is the scheme regulating registered health practitioners in Australia, in the public interest.

AHPRA CEO, Martin Fletcher, said that the National Boards and AHPRA are committed to working together to ensure not only transparency and accountability in financial reporting, but also in the role both play in protecting the public through the regulation of the professions under the National Law.

“The guiding principles of the National Law require the National Scheme to operate in a ‘transparent, accountable, efficient, effective and fair way’. So it’s important that the professions and the community know how AHPRA and the Boards work in partnership to regulate the professions in the public interest and facilitate access to safer healthcare,” Fletcher said.

Dental Board chair, Dr John Lockwood, said, “By publishing the HPA, it demonstrates the Board’s and AHPRA’s commitment to transparency and accountability in implementing the National Scheme.”

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  1. About time
    This is most welcome news
    It is imperative for such bodies to work together and do the right thing both by the public and the profession
    They need to not just be seen to be effective but be effective in reality behind the scene
    Good effort

  2. AHPRA is required to establish procedures for developing registration standards, accreditation standards and codes and guidelines to ensure they are developed in accordance with good regulatory practice. The Agency Management Committee oversees the work of AHPRA and is appointed by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council.


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