National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professionals

3 November 2008

In March 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to a national registration and accreditation scheme for health professionals.

The National Registration and Accreditation Implementation Project (NRAIP) recently released a consultation paper with proposed arrangements for handling complaints, and dealing with performance, health and conduct matters. Access the consultation paper

The consultation paper invited submissions on the proposed model for complaints handling and prosecution of practitioners, with submissions informing the creation of legislation to establish the complaint handling aspects of the scheme.

Currently in states apart from NSW, registration boards are responsible for the investigation and prosecution of serious complaints against individual health practitioners. This is essentially the model that has been proposed by the project team.

The closing date for submissions on the paper was Monday 17 November 2008.

The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission prepared a submission arguing that the co-regulatory model currently in place in NSW is a more transparent, accountable and impartial system and better serves the public's best interest. Access the Commission’s submission (PDF 262 KB)

Submissions from other parties regarding the complaint handling aspects of the scheme will be made available through the website for the National Registration and Accreditation Implementation Project. Access the NRAIP website .