AHPRA woes under Minister’s scrutiny

THE troubled Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has now come under fire from both sides of politics with Health Minister Nicola Roxon voicing concerns about the agency’s performance. 

Last week new figures were released indicating around 10,000 health professionals nationally had not renewed their registration on time. The figure represents 5.9% of those due to renew.

AHPRA chief executive Martin Fletcher admitted that the agency needed to improve its performance. 

“I acknowledge that we need to sharpen our focus on the flow of information to registrants who are dealing with new standards, new systems and sometimes new registration and renewal dates,” he said. 

He added that the national boards had agreed to fast-track registrants who had failed to renew on time. 

Responding to the AHPRA figures and criticisms from the Federal Opposition that the registration process