The health professions represented in the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum (the Forum), formerly known as the Health Professions Accreditation Councils’ Forum, are those in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law appointed by the National Board as the accreditation authority for the profession.

Forum members contribute individually and collectively to issues of national importance to the regulated health professions particularly in the area of accreditation of education, training and continuing professional development.

Background

The Inaugural Meeting of the Forum was hosted by the Australian Medical Council in November 2007 at the time when the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) was discussing an Intergovernmental Agreement on a national registration and accreditation scheme. The initial opportunity to share information included the organisations primarily responsible for accreditation of education and training programs in the then nine professions under discussion by COAG. The initial meeting resulted in an agreement to continue meeting and working on joint statements in relation to the plans for the national scheme.

The purpose of the Forum is

  • to work together on issues of national and international importance to the regulated health professions;
  • to identify areas of common interest and concern in relation to the regulated health professions;
  • to work towards a position of consensus on identified issues and concerns;
  • to take joint action in areas of importance to the regulated health professions;
  • to develop joint position statements which provide recommended policy directions for governments and other relevant stakeholders.

The collective expertise of the Forum members is in

  • setting educational standards for health professionals to develop safe and competent practitioners able to adapt to changes in professional practice over time;
  • encouraging improvements in the education and training of health professionals to respond to evolving health needs and practices;
  • assessing and accrediting education programs;
  • assessing overseas qualified practitioners;
  • collaborating and consulting with a wide range of stakeholder bodies and actively engaging members of their profession in the regulation of professional practice;
  • regional and international developments, capacity building and partnerships.

The Forum is represented on the AHPRA Professions Reference Group.

Office bearers

CHAIR DEPUTY CHAIR
Dr Joanna Flynn, Australian Medical Council (November 2007 – September 2008) Emeritus Professor Gina Geffen AM, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (September 2008 – August 2010)
Professor Joan McMeeken, Australian Physiotherapy Council (September 2008 – April 2011) Dr Susan Gaffney, Australian Dental Council (August 2010 – March 2011)
Professor Richard Smallwood AO, Australian Medical Council (April 2011 – December 2012) Dr Robert Broadbent, Australian Dental Council (March 2011 – July 2012)
Dr Nicholas Voudouris, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (July 2012 – December 2012)
Dr Nicholas Voudouris, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (December 2012 –    December 2014) Ms Lyn LeBlanc, Australian Dental Council (February 2013 – December 2014)
Professor Michael Morgan, Australian Dental Council (December 2014 – ) Ms Theanne Walters, Australian Medical Council (December 2014 – )

Meetings of the Forum

The Forum meets 5 times per calendar year since the inaugural meeting on 7 November 2007.

The Australian Medical Council provides the secretariat support for the Forum with contributions from all members.

Terms of Reference

Terms of reference

Miscellaneous

Meeting of the Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum, Members and Representatives, July 2017, RACV Club, Melbourne

Back Row (L to R)

Professor Marilyn Baird, Medical Radiation Practice Accreditation Committee

Mr Kim Bradbury, Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand)Ltd

Dr Meeuwis Boelen, Chinese Medicine Accreditation Committee

**Dr Adam Bird, Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation

Mr Michael Shobbrook, Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia

Ms Sian Lewis, Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand

Mrs Caroline Watkin, Secretariat Support

Dr Kim Ashwin, Secretariat Support

Mr Anton Barnett-Harris, Australian Physiotherapy Council

Ms Helen Townley, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

 

Front Row (L to R)

Associate Professor Jill Sewell AM, Australian Medical Council

Associate Professor Lynne Adamson, Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand)Ltd

Deputy Chair: Ms Theanne Walters, Australian Medical Council

Chair: Professor Mike Morgan, Australian Dental Council

Ms Narelle Mills, Australian Dental Council

Dr Elaine Duffy, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Accreditation Committee

Ms Louse Adam, Australian Osteopathic Accreditation Council

Professor Debra Rowett, Australian Pharmacy Council

Ms Bronwyn Clark, Australian Pharmacy Council

 

Absent Members

Ms Rachel Adkins, Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia

Professor Simon Crowe, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Associate Professor Peter Hendicott, Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand

Ms Ann Kinnear, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

Associate Professor Shane Patman, Australian Physiotherapy Council

Ms Rachel Portelli, Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation

Dr Rolf Scharfbilling, Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation

Ms Jane Stephens, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Clinical Professor Fiona Stoker, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

** Representing the accreditation authority in the Absence of the Main Member