NRAS 2020 Combined Meeting “How do we build culturally safe regulatory processes?”


Ms Bronwyn Clark, Chair, Health Professions Collaborative Forum 

On 27 February 2020, the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum (the Forum) conducted Session 2A:”How can accreditation prepare a culturally safe workforce for the future?” during the NRAS 2020 combined meeting workshop “How do we build culturally safe regulatory processes?” hosted by Mr Michael Gorton AM, Chair, Agency Management, Committee and Co-Chair, Forum of NRAS Chairs.

The NRAS combined meetings, brings together members of the National Boards, State, Territory and Regional Boards/Committees, NSW Councils representatives, the Agency Management Committee and AHPRA, the Forum, the Jurisdictional Advisory Committee and Jurisdictional Officer Forum, members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group and some representatives from the New Zealand regulatory authorities.  The Forum had an active part of the program.


Interprofessional education Workshop, June 2015, Melbourne  Collaborating for Patient Care – Interprofessional Learning for Interprofessional Practice

The Australian Medical Council (AMC), in collaboration with the Australian Pharmacy Council, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council, and the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia, held a workshop with the aim of improving delivery of coordinated interprofessional education between health professions in Australia.

The workshop was held with support and input from the Health Professions Accreditation Councils Forum (the Forum). It brought together representatives of the regulated health professions’ national boards and accreditation authorities, self-regulating health professions, education providers, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), representatives of government health departments and academics working in this field.

The workshop explored a common understanding of what is meant by interprofessional education, present and discuss international examples of good interprofessional education and assessment, and examine any implications for accreditation functions.

The regulated health professions’ accreditation councils and national boards met, after the workshop and discussed what the workshop outcomes could mean for accreditation processes.

Update at November 2015 – The Forum members have agreed to the outcomes of this Interprofessional learning (IPE) workshop and have released a position statement. The final report has been released for this event: Workshop Report: Collaborating for Patient Care – Interprofessional Learning for Interprofessional Practice.


Accreditation Workshop, August 2013, Melbourne

The Forum ran a workshop for member accreditation authorities on accreditation processes. The workshop concentrated on 4 of the attributes in the Quality Framework for Accreditation, as outlined in Accreditation under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act.

  • Managing conflicts of interest.
  • Evaluating new programs and providers.
  • Major program changes.
  • Training of panel members, selection process, issues for assessment of team members.

The aims of the workshop were:

  • To strengthen networking opportunities and shared understanding of the accreditation processes used by the accreditation Councils operating in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS).
  • To learn from each other’s experience and provide all members the opportunity to share good practice and identify future challenges.
  • To further the Forum’s understanding of sound practice and processes of accreditation.
  • To identify areas for approaches to future collaboration and sharing by Forum members and provide participants with the opportunity to develop action plans (where relevant) arising from the workshop key topics.

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