Provision of Executive and Secretariat support to Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council – an entity similar in scope to ANMAC.

Domain 3. Operational Management

Organisation

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and the Australsian Osteopathic Accreditation Council.

Relevance

Operational Management 

Issue addressed

The Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC) is an independent organisation that assesses and accredits osteopathic education programs leading to eligibility for registration as an osteopath in Australia, and assesses the suitability of overseas-qualified osteopaths to practice in Australia.

ANMAC were contracted by AOAC in May 2015 to undertake the provision of these services with the objective to manage its activities by a like-minded body and benefit from ANMAC’s experience and expertise.

Practice introduced or changed

ANMAC or ANMC as it was previously known has been in operation since 1994 and at the inception of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in 2010 was appointed to undertake the accreditation function for nurses and midwives. The ability to include the secretariat and executive support function for AOAC was deemed a plausible business initiative for ANMAC as the appropriate infrastructure was in place including corporate knowledge, policies, systems and processes.

The contract between ANMAC and AOAC has resulted in the following benefits:

  • Greater collaboration between the two accreditation bodies
  • Sharing of information especially from one of the larger accreditation bodies with over 220 programs to a smaller entity with a maximum of 4 programs
  • Ability for AOAC to access a wider range of resources and knowledge base
  • Ability for ANMAC to represent both AOAC and ANMAC at AHPRA meetings resulting is cost saving measures and increasing ANMAC stakeholder engagement
  • Provides AOAC with a cost effective service and ANMAC with small revenue base
  • Ability for AOAC to streamline processes with access to shared services from ANMAC

Impact

The successful contractual arrangement between ANMAC and AOAC has highlighted that ANMAC, being a much larger organisation, can easily absorb the business operations of a smaller like-minded organisation. The initiative has been innovative and feedback from AOAC Board and stakeholders has been extremely positive.

The impact for AOAC has been the significant benefits that can be gained in terms of effectiveness and efficiency by contracting services to a larger accreditation authority such as ANMAC.

Where to go for more information

For more information, please contact Ms Fiona Stoker, Chief Executive Officer at ANMAC via email fiona.stoker@anmac.org.au