AHPRA changes to be tested with Qld renewals

THE renewal of registrations for Queensland doctors this month is looming as a litmus test for AHPRA, after a Senate inquiry report blasted the agency for its series of blunders over the year.

The report recommended AHPRA apologise to all health professionals who experienced difficulties in the registration process during the transition to a national system, as well as  improve consultation with professional organisations and establish key performance indicators on the registration renewal process.

AHPRA has already sent letters of apology to some of those adversely affected, and CEO Martin Fletcher said many other recommendations in the report were already being addressed.

The agency now sends practitioners up to five emails and three written alerts when their registration is due and it has increased its customer service operations to answer inquiries more quickly. Mr Fletcher said the success of last month’s renewals of nurse and midwife