10 Nov 2016
The Chiropractic Board of Australia intensified its focus on ensuring the public has access to safe and competent health services from registered chiropractors during 2015/16, according to information released today in the 2015/16 annual report published by AHPRA.
The 2015/16 annual report by AHPRA and the national health practitioner boards is a comprehensive record of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the 12 months ending 30 June 2016.
‘Protecting the public is our number-one priority,’ said Dr Wayne Minter AM, Chair of the Chiropractic Board of Australia. ‘Many new initiatives were put into action this year to make sure chiropractors understand their obligations within the National Law. We particularly focused on ensuring every registered chiropractor understood their obligations around advertising and supporting public health.’
The Board published and implemented revised registration standards for professional indemnity insurance arrangements, recency of practice and continuing professional development, as well as developing protocols to analyse notifications data to assist the board in gaining a better understanding of the trends and risks in matters brought to the board’s attention.
Highlights of the past year include:
Of these areas for improvement, Dr Minter said, ‘Over the past year, we worked closely with AHPRA to develop and refine the processes for managing offences, particularly around advertising. While there was a marked rise in complaints about possible statutory offences by chiropractors, we continue to work with practitioners to ensure they understand what they can and can’t say when advertising their practise.’
For more data and information relating to the Chiropractic Board of Australia in 2015/16, please see the 2015/16 annual report. The report provides a nationwide snapshot of the work of AHPRA and the Boards and highlights a multi profession approach to risk-based regulation with a clear focus on ensuring that Australians have a safe and competent health workforce.
‘The regulation of over 660,000 registered health practitioners across 14 health professions and eight states and territories is an important task,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘There are many things to consider in regulation – but there is only one main focus, and that is public safety.’
Supplementary tables that break down data across categories such as registrations, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance can also be found on the annual report website.
In the coming months, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in every state and territory, which will be released in late 2016. Expanded, profession-specific summaries will also be released and progressively published from early 2017.
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