GP registrations to be audited

The start date for auditing medical practitioners’ registrations was announced in a medical board newsletter late last month, and follows almost two years of pilot audits on other health professions.

The first and second pilot audits involved the pharmacy, optometry and chiropractic professions, and found relatively low numbers of practitioners had failed to meet requirements.

For the third phase, the audit included the nursing and midwifery professions. AHPRA and the nursing and midwifery board randomly selected applicants on registration and audited them for compliance with recency of practice rules and continuing professional development.

AHPRA did not publish the results of the pilot involving nurses, or give details of the audit process as it would apply to doctors. 

But the medical board said in its November newsletter that “the results from all phases of the pilot will be used to develop an overall auditing