The Dental Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA] have this week published the health professional agreement for 2015/2016. Outlining the partnership between the two bodies and the role of AHPRA in supporting the board to carry out its functions, which includes the implementation of a National Registration and Accreditation Scheme targeted at regulating registered health practitioners in Australia in light of several recent cases of unregistered dentists still practising.
“The guiding principles of the national law require the [this scheme] to operate in a transparent, accountable, efficient, effective and fair way,” said AHPRA chief executive officer Martin Fletcher. “It’s important that the professions and the community know how AHPRA and the boards work in partnership to regulate the professions in the public interest and facilitate access to safer health care.” Fletcher added that the board and AHPRA are also working together to ensure greater transparency and accountability in financial reporting.
“By publishing the health profession agreement, it demonstrates the board’s and AHPRA’s commitment to transparency and accountability,” added Dr John Lockwood AM, the chair of the Dental Board. The Health Profession Agreement can be downloaded and read in full.