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 currently 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.
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.
Ms Bronwyn Clark, Australian Pharmacy Council (December 2017 – Current)
Mr Michael Shobbrook AM, Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (December 2017 – Current)
|Professor Mike Morgan, Australian Dental Council (December 2014 – December 2017)||Ms Theanne Walters, Australian Medical Council (December 2014 – December 2017)|
|Dr Nicholas Voudouris, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (December 2012 – December 2014)||Ms Lyn LeBlanc, Australian Dental Council (February 2013 – December 2014)|
|Dr Nicholas Voudouris, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (July 2012 – December 2012)|
|Professor Richard Smallwood AO, Australian Medical Council (April 2011 – December 2012)||Dr Robert Broadbent, Australian Dental Council (March 2011 – July 2012)|
|Professor Joan McMeeken, Australian Physiotherapy Council (September 2008 – April 2011)||Dr Susan Gaffney, Australian Dental Council (August 2010 – March 2011)|
|Dr Joanna Flynn, Australian Medical Council (November 2007 – September 2008)||Emeritus Professor Gina Geffen AM, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (September 2008 – August 2010)|
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
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
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