15 Nov 2017
The chiropractic health workforce grew by 2.3% over the past year, to 5,284 total registrants, according to data released today in the 2016/17 annual report published by AHPRA and the National Boards.
The annual report is a comprehensive record of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) for the 12 months to 30 June 2017.
While chiropractors constitute less than 1% of the 678,983 registrants currently in the National Scheme, the profession continues to grow, with 1,614 students enrolling in approved programs of study in 2016/17 (up 30.2% from 2015/16).
‘The increase in student numbers reflects a growing interest in the profession,’ said Dr Wayne Minter AM, Chair of the Chiropractic Board of Australia. ‘One of our key focuses is to provide as much information as possible to chiropractors, chiropractic students and the public to ensure that everyone is equipped with the knowledge of what to expect from chiropractic services.’
Misleading and deceptive advertising continued to be an issue for the profession in 2016/17. The Board maintained its strong position, and engaged closely with stakeholders on this issue. Working closely with AHPRA, the Board developed helpful resources to assist chiropractors in better understanding what is, and is not, allowed.
‘The vast majority of chiropractors practise safely and responsibly,’ continued Mr Minter AM. ‘It is our main priority to ensure only those chiropractors who are suitably qualified can practise, and that any claims they make in their advertising are evidence-based. We continue to take a hard line on those who do not comply with advertising requirements under the National Law to ensure the profession is respected.’
The 2016/17 annual 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 the public are protected.
‘There are now almost 680,000 registered health practitioners across Australia,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘This Annual Report highlights our strong and shared commitment with the Board to ensure the public has access to a competent, qualified registered health workforce and to take decisive action when required to keep the community safe.’
To view the 2016/17 annual report, along with supplementary tables that segment data across categories such as registrations, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance, visit the Annual Report microsite.
In the coming weeks, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in each of the 14 registered health professions. Jurisdictional reports, which present data on registered health practitioners in each state and territory will be published in December.