AMA submission to the Independent Review of Accreditation within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS)

2 May 2017

The AMA’s submission to the Independent Review of Accreditation within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) notes that the accreditation arrangements have met the broad expectations of the medical profession.  The functions are thorough and provide an assurance to educators and students that there is an accepted standard across Australia.   A standardised accreditation function across all of the professions within the scheme is not supported.

Health workforce reform must be developed and managed outside the national scheme.  It is imperative in order to maintain the confidence of the professions regulated under the scheme, that policy development in this space is completely independent of the accreditor and regulator.

The submission also strongly opposes scope creep by other professions and requests the governance and regulations around accreditation support vigorous analysis of any proposed changes to the profession’s standards. 

Finally, the governance of the scheme should ensure that AHPRA is sufficiently accountable to the professions that fund it.   

A copy of the submission can be found here.