ACM response to the COAG National Registration and Accreditation Scheme

ACM has provided feedback into proposed changes to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (‘the National Law’).

ACM response to the COAG National Registration and Accreditation Scheme - Regulation of Australia's health professions: keeping the National Law up to date and fit for purpose

We firmly support the inclusion of cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into the guiding principles and the objectives of the National Law. Embedding cultural safety and consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into the National Law will ensure that they become integrated into all aspects of health delivery. This is vital in to addressing the significant health disparities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

ACM welcomes streamlining of AHPRA administrative processes to enhance regulatory transparency, effectiveness and efficiency.  However, expediency must not come at the cost of judiciousness and due process. There must be clear processes for monitoring and governance, as well as significant transparency to increase public and health professional trust in the National Boards and AHPRA.

ACM refutes the finding in the Regulation of Australia’s health professions; keeping the national law up to date and fit for purpose: a consultation paper (COAG) that vexatious reporting is “not a widespread issue”. Perhaps the majority of complaints to AHPRA are not vexatious, but a small portion of health professionals bear the burden of being over-reported (Privately Practising Midwives). This is significant for those health professionals, and merits investigation and study.

ACM commends the National Law for recognising midwifery and nursing as two distinct professions in 2017, we are however disappointed that this consultation has not explored the introduction of a separate National Board for Midwives.
More information and all of the related document can be found online here - https://www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au/Projects/Independent-Review-of-NRAS-finalised