The Forum was established in 2007 and the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) in July 2010.
The Forum supports national registration for the regulated health professions, and national accreditation schemes to ensure practitioners are educated to appropriate standards to meet the needs of the Australian community.
The Forum has a focus on ensuring that the National Law and the implementation of the National Law and operation of the NRAS reflect the requirements of best practice in accreditation and the independence of accreditation decision making from undue influence of any area of the community including government, education providers, business, industry and professional associations.
The Forum engages regularly with partners and other organisations to advance its mission and purpose and to contribute to high standards of professional accreditation and assessment. It works closely with National Boards, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) the regulated professions and education providers in particular. In July 2020, 10 years after the National Scheme started, the then Chair of the Forum, Ms Bronwyn Clark, was invited to provide reflections over the 10 years from An Accreditation Perspective.
Key areas of work with National Boards and Ahpra include:
- The Accreditation Liaison Group
- Planning and presentations to the regular meetings of organisations operating in the NRAS
- The Ahpra Professions Reference Group
- The Ahpra Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Health Strategy Group.
- The Ahpra Education Provider Reference Group
- The Ahpra Independent Accreditation Committee
The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme is governed by a nationally consistent law passed by each state and territory parliament – the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. Part 6 of the National Law concerns accreditation.View the National Law
Accreditation activities for the whole of NRAS
The Forum in collaboration with the National Boards and Ahpra prepares an annual summary of accreditation activities for the whole of NRAS. The first snapshot was for 2017/18. The reports are also available on the Ahpra website.
Accreditation in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) annual snapshots:
Accreditation Managers Sub‑Committee
The Accreditation Managers Sub-committee is a Sub-committee of the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum (the Forum) and will meet as required to provide an opportunity for inter-professional discussion, cooperation, collaboration and sharing regarding accreditation processes, practices and procedures. Terms of Reference, March 2018.
Mr Michael Carpenter
(December 2017 – current)
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
Ms Rachel Portelli
(July 2014 – January 2016)
Australian Podiatry Accreditation Council
Workshops and events
The Forum runs member workshops to contribute to strategic development, and sharing of challenges and good practice.
The Forum also runs stakeholder workshops on specific projects to promote accreditation standards and good practices, and to shape its work through stakeholder feedback. It contributes workshops to other education and accreditation conferences in Australia and internationally