10 Nov 2016
The Optometry Board of Australia reviewed its committee structure in 2015/16 in line with the guiding principles of the National Scheme to provide efficient and effective regulation of health professions in Australia, according to information published by AHPRA today in its 2015/16 annual report.
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.
‘Efficient management by the Board means we can focus on what matters most - protecting the public,’ said Mr Ian Bluntish, Chair of the Optometry Board of Australia. ‘We also want to ensure that practitioners are not unduly burdened by the cost of registration. Last year, we reduced registration fees for the third year in a row while still accruing sufficient income to meet our regulatory obligations.’
The Board continued its regular reviews of registration standards and guidelines to ensure they remain up-to-date and relevant to the profession. A new Recency of practice registration standard took effect on 1 December 2015, Guidelines on the prescription of optical appliances took effect on 1 June 2016, and the Professional indemnity insurance arrangements registration standard took effect on 1 July 2016.
‘The revised standards strike a balance between protecting the public and the professional obligations of practitioners,’ said Mr Bluntish.
The Board continues to consult with the profession and other stakeholders on the endorsement of scheduled medicines and continuing professional development standards and guidelines.
More highlights of the past year include:
For more data and information relating to the Optometry 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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