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Health Practitioner registration

To be eligible to apply for registration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner a person must provide evidence that they are:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner means a person registered by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board. The practitioner may use the titles:

Clinical practice means direct clinical care of patients, using the current knowledge, skills and attitudes of the profession, whether remunerated or not, and regardless of job title.

Approved programs of study (as of January 2017) and campuses are:

This standard was approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council in December 2011, pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (the National Law), as in force in each state or territory, with approval taking effect from 1 July 2012. It will be reviewed at least every three years.

As of 31 December 2016 there were 630 registered Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners in Australia with 2 having no Principal place of practice (PPP) 1 in the Northern Territory, 1 in Western Australia and 1 in New South Wales.

The table below represents registration type by principal place of practice.

ACT NSW NT QLD SA TAS VIC WA NoPPP Total
3 120 218 114 53 3 10 109 3 630

Data from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Annual report supplementary tables.

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2016

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner workforce.

Retrieved 24 August 2016 from http://www.aihw.gov.au/workforce/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-health-practitioner/

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner workforce resource is a collection of statistical data that serves as a breakdown of key facts and industry insights. The aims of the resource are to:

  • inform key stakeholders and policy makers about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representation in health practitioner industries
  • to identify the facts about the distribution of those practitioners, nationwide
  • and to work in conjunction with the Workforce data resource.

The resource was developed through the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and may be beneficial to policy makers who wish to identify cultural gaps in the industry.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2015

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (2015)

Health practitioner regulation: learn how you’re protected.

: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

This video is an educational resource on health practitioners, which targets the interested public. The video outlines the challenges of regulating an industry with over 630,000 professionals Australia-wide and it offers information on a number of topics:

  • checking if a health practitioner is registered
  • the rights and responsibilities of health practitioners
  • what happens when practitioners do not meet professional standards
  • where to find more information.

The video was developed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia (2014)

Registration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners [forum package].

Canberra: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (2014)

Health profession agreement: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency 2014-2015.

Melbourne: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

Freckelton I (2014)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner regulation.

Journal of Law and Medicine; 21(3): 550-560

Health Workforce Australia (2014)

Australia’s health workforce series: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers / practitioners in focus.

Canberra: Health Workforce Australia

Australia's health series is designed to focus on describing particular professions, settings and issues of interest aimed to assist with workforce planning.

This issue examines the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioner workforce, bringing together available information to:

  • describe the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioner workforce
  • the number and characteristics of this particular workforce
  • potential data sources to measure workforce activity
  • analysis based on information presented.

The publication is in four main parts:

  • What is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioner?
  • What issues are expected to impact supply and/or demand for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers/Practitioners?
  • Health Workforce Australia's assessment of the workforce.
  • What we know about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioner.

Abstract adapted from Health Workforce Australia

 
Last updated: 27 February 2017
 
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