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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 5726..


List of agreements signed by the ACT Government—As at November 2011—Update.

Ministerial level negotiations—Schedule—As at November 2011.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency—annual report

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency—Annual report 2010-2011.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I table the 2010-11 annual report of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, also known as AHPRA. In accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, the national law as in force in each state and territory, AHPRA is required to submit an annual report for the financial year to the ministerial council by 30 September. The ministerial council is to make arrangements for the tabling of the annual report, including the report of the auditor with respect to financial statements, in the parliaments or assemblies of each participating jurisdiction and the commonwealth.

AHPRA's submitted annual report relates to the national registration and accreditation scheme, NRAS, for the period ending 30 June 2011. This is the first annual report provided by AHPRA since the national registration came into effect on 1 July 2010. Currently 10 professions are registered nationally: chiropractic, dental practice, medicine, nursing and midwifery, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology. A further four professions—Chinese medicine, occupational therapy, medical radiation practice and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners—will be entering the scheme from 1 July 2012.

On 30 June 2011 there were more than 530,000 health practitioners from 10 professions registered under the NRAS. One in 44 Australians, or one of every 20 working Australians, is a registered health practitioner. The ACT had a total of 8,183 registered practitioners as at 30 June 2011 across all registered professions: 51 chiropractors, 326 dental practitioners, 1,638 doctors, 15 midwives, 3,824 nurses, 660 nursing and midwifery dual registrations, 64 optometrists, 30 osteopaths, 373 pharmacists, 416 physiotherapists, 42 podiatrists and 744 psychologists.

The 2010-11 AHPRA annual report includes information relating to AHPRA's performance of its functions, a report from the national boards about the performance of board functions, financial statements, data on health practitioner regulation including about the profile of practitioners per state and territory and per profession as evidenced by the registration data.


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