Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is pleased to announce the release of a formal communique from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council about the purpose of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). The communique acknowledges that Australian Health Practitioner Registration Association (AHPRA) registration has been incorrectly seen as an endorsement of the legitimacy of some health professions, something it was never intended to do.
The communique states:
“The purpose of the NRAS is to protect the public from harm. It is not intended as a means to protect the interests of health professions or to confer standing or credibility on individual professions.
Inclusion of a profession in the NRAS is not indicative of that profession’s value or its contribution to health service delivery. A profession’s eligibility to participate in government programs (for example, research or development programs) is determined by each program’s objectives and intended outcomes, not by the regulatory arrangements applicable to that profession.”
AHPA and its members frequently advocate for the essential role that our self-regulating professions play in supporting Australian consumers and welcome this acknowledgement.
Please click here to access the full COAG NRAS Communique.
For more information about self-regulating professions, please visit the National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP) website.