The Forum was established in 2007 and the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme 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
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:
2019/20 – Accreditation in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) : Annual snapshot 2019/20
2018/19 – Accreditation in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS): Annual snapshot 2018/19
2017/18 – Accreditation in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS): Annual snapshot 2017/18
Good Practice in Accreditation
The Forum articulates and shared good practice in accreditation.
Its statements on good practice principles are available on the Statements page.
Current projects will be listed on this page.
Workshops / Events
The Forum runs member workshops to contribute to strategic development, and sharing of challenges and good practice.
The Forum 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 eductaion and accreditation conferences in Australia and internationally
Notices about upcoming workshops will be listed on this page
Combined Meeting – March 2021
The 2021 NRAS combined meeting was held virtually between 15 – 19 March 2021, with over 400 attendees registered from the National Boards, Accreditation authorities, Ahpra and partners. The overall themes of the conference were: Regulating for our communities; Lessons and reflections from the frontline; Reimagining regulation and As the storm clears: a new era for regulation.
Members of the Forum participated in various sessions within the program. The Forum Chair, Ms Bronwyn Clark, (who is CEO of the Australian Pharmacy Council) chaired the session – Enabling a digitally capable health workforce, which featured speakers from the Digital Health Agency, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Chair of the AMC Digital Health Advisory Group.
On the second day, Dr Chris Bourke (Board member of the Australian Dental Council) gave an accreditation perspective to the session “What does it mean to be a culturally safe regulator?”
On the final session, Ms Narelle Mills, CEO of the Australian Dental Council and Mr Philip Pigou CEO of the Australian Medical Council, participated in “The Great Debate” The world would be a better place if conspiracy theories were outlawed.”