2014/15 National Scheme annual report launched

06 Nov 2015

The 2014/15 National Scheme annual report, including a report from the Board, has been published.

The 2014/15 annual report: AHPRA and National Boards has been published.

The report details the work of the National Boards and AHPRA in implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme over the 12 months to 30 June 2015.

There are now more than 637,218 health practitioners registered to practise in Australia, from 14 different professions, representing overall growth of 2.9% over the past year.

Dental Board of Australia Chair, Dr John Lockwood AM said assurance, challenge and improvement in proportionate regulation remained the focus for National Boards.

‘As National Boards we strive to be a force for positive change and leadership in public safety and facilitating access to health services,’ Dr Lockwood said.

‘Our efforts continue to identify a range of activities to improve patient safety and the quality of regulation for health professions. This report helps to inform the public and health practitioners how we meet our objectives and responsibilities on their behalf under the National Law,’ he said.

‘Information about each of these registered health practitioners is easily available to the community through the national online register.’ said Martin Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer of AHPRA.

‘Maintaining an up to date national register is one of the most important ways in which we protect the public.’

For the dental profession, the report reveals that:

  • 21,209 dental practitioners were registered at the end of June 2015, an increase of 2.4 per cent from the previous year 
  • 428 notifications (concerns/complaints) were received about dental practitioners (excluding NSW where there is a co-regulatory system)1 
  • 538 notifications were closed by 30 June 2015 
  • of the 538 cases closed under the National Scheme, the Dental Board of Australia determined:
    • to take no further action or that the case was to be handled by the relevant health complaints entity in the relevant state or territory in 362 cases
    • that conditions be imposed on a dental practitioner’s registration in 68 cases 
    • cautions to be issued in 74 cases, and 
    • six cases resulted in cancellation or suspension of registration.
  • the Board started work on developing a taxonomy (classification) of dental notifications, and 
  • work continued on the review of the Boards registration standards, codes and guidelines. 

The 2014/15 Annual Report includes a detailed report - including data - for the Dental Board of Australia.

A media release about the report - with data across professions and jurisdictions - is published on the AHPRA website.

A report, which presents the data specific to dental practice, will be published on the Board’s website before the end of the calendar year.

For more information

Download a PDF of this Media release - 2014-15 National Scheme annual report launched - 6 November 2015 (112 KB,PDF)


1NSW is part of the National Scheme but notifications about practitioners’ health, performance and conduct are handled by the HCCC and the NSW health professional councils supported by the HPCA.

 
 
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