Independent Review of Accreditation Systems within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions

31-Mar-2017

 



In 2016, the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council announced an Independent Review of Accreditation Systems within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for health professions.

The NRAS for the health professions came into operation on 1 July 2010. The Scheme was implemented through enactment of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law in each state and territory (the National Law).
 
The objectives and guiding principles of NRAS are set out in section 3 of the National Law and include:
  • to facilitate the provision of high quality education and training of health practitioners
  •  to facilitate the rigorous and responsive assessment of overseas-trained health practitioners
  • to enable the continuous development of a flexible, responsive and sustainable Australian health workforce
  • to enable innovation in the education of, and service delivery by, health practitioners.
The Review is to address:
  • the cost effectiveness of the existing systems for the delivery of accreditation functions
  • governance structures including reporting arrangements
  • opportunities for the streamlining of accreditation including consideration of the other educational accreditation processes e.g. Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) and Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)
  • the extent to which accreditation arrangements support educational innovation in programs including clinical training arrangements, use of simulation and inter-professional learning
  • opportunities for increasing consistency and collaboration across professions to facilitate integrated service delivery.
The review process is scheduled to be completed by September 2017.

A Discussion Paper has been released as part of the consultation process and poses key questions around:
  1. the effectiveness and efficiency of the existing systems for the delivery of accreditation functions
  2. the extent to which accreditation arrangements support responsiveness and innovation in educational programs
  3. governance structures including reporting arrangements
  4. the role of the accreditation system, within NRAS as a whole, in producing the future health workforce.
The Discussion Paper can be found here.

Interested parties are invited to provide feedback via a written submission.

Written submissions are due COB Monday 1 May 2017 and can be made via email to: admin@asreview.org.au

ASMOF members are asked to provide feedback to the Union so that we can make a consolidated submission. If you would like to provide information that form part of our submission, please email it to asmof@asmof.org.au before 17 April 2017.

Further information is available on the Accreditation System Review webpage: http://www.coaghealthcouncil.gov.au/Projects/Accreditation-Systems-Review