Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012-2013 Week 1 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 309..
I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.
MS GALLAGHER: I table the 2011-12 annual report of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, known as AHPRA. In accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law 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.
AHPRA's annual report relates to the national registration and accreditation scheme for the period ending 30 June 2012. Its report was released on 1 November. This is the second annual report provided by AHPRA since national registration came into effect on 1 July.
Currently 14 professions are registered nationally. Chiropractic, dental practice, medicine, nursing, midwifery, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology commenced national registration from 1 July 2010. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice, Chinese medicine, medical radiation practice and occupational therapy joined the scheme from 1 July 2012. As the 2011-12 AHPRA annual report covers the period ending 30 June 2012, it does not include these four recently added professions.
On 30 June 2012 there were over 548,500 health practitioners across 10 professions registered in the national scheme, an increase of 3.47 per cent from the previous year. In 2011-12 AHPRA undertook the largest ever renewal in Australia, with 333,000 nurses and midwives renewing their registration in May 2011, and more than 92 per cent of these renewals were online.
The ACT had 9,601 registered practitioners on 30 June 2012, an increase of 625 or 6.96 per cent from 2011. Across the 10 professions registered on 30 June 2012, the numbers were 56 chiropractor, 350 dental practitioner, 1,784 medicine, 39 midwife, 4,838 nurse, 719 for the dual registration of nursing and midwifery, 71 optometry, 32 osteopathy, 420 pharmacy, 441 physiotherapy, 47 podiatry, and 794 psychology.
The 2011-12 AHPRA annual report includes information relating to AHPRA's performance of its functions, a report from the national boards about the performance of all functions, financial statements and data on health practitioner regulation, including about the profile of practitioners per state and territory and per profession as evidenced by registration data.
Auditor-General's report No 1 of 2011—progress report
Paper and statement by minister
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (3.46): For the information of members, I present the following paper: