ACHSM Forum and Live WebCast – “An Overview of Health Practitioner Registration since AHPRA”

Paramedics Australasia policy consultant Ray Bange had an early start on Tuesday 19 April 2011 when he participated in a breakfast forum conducted by the Australasian College of Health Service Management in Brisbane. Panel members drawn from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and health professional groups included Anne Copeland, Anne Morrison, Ray Bange, Dr Mary Cohn & Dr Susan Brady who addressed an audience of 150 people eager to hear about recent developments in health practitioner registration.

AHPRA has apparently struggled to cope with registering some 528,000 health professionals over a very short period of time and a Senate Inquiry is currently examining the operations of the Agency which, AHPRA chief, Martin Fletcher concedes has had ‘start-up issues’.

It has been reported that doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other health workers have been unable to work after ‘bungling’ by AHPRA left them without professional registration. Some graduate nurses apparently had a delayed start to work in hospitals this year because their registration had not been processed in time.  A large number of doctors and allied health workers found they were practising illegally as their registration renewal forms had not been processed promptly or they had not completed appropriate documentation.

Whilst many of these issues have been highlighted in the media, there are always at least two sides to every story and the ACHSM forum was designed to provide a balanced perspective by hearing from those persons working more closely with the situation of registered and unregistered health practitioners.

Since this ACHSM event was “Live Webcast Nationally” you can access the event anywhere in Australasia at your convenience.

More information on the forum can be found by following this link: http://bit.ly/ga7xG2

Details of the speakers are here: http://bit.ly/hXKNav

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website can be accessed here: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/