15 Nov 2017
The Annual Report for AHPRA and the National Boards for the year to 30 June 2017 is now available to view online.
Over the past year, registration with the Pharmacy Board of Australia (the Board) grew by 2.2% to 30,360 registered pharmacists. This contingent now comprises 4.5% of all health practitioners in the National Accreditation and Registration Scheme (the National Scheme), according to information published today in the annual report by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
‘The theme of the year was research,’ said Mr William Kelly, Chair of the Pharmacy Board of Australia. ‘On behalf of the Board, AHPRA’s Risk-based Regulation Unit completed a study of complaints about pharmacists, which provided an evidence base to better inform the development of regulatory standards for the profession.’
The Board also continued its consultation into proposals for revised guidance on the compounding of sterile injectable medicines and funded and participated in the review of the National competency standards framework for pharmacists in Australia 2016, as well as piloting a survey of interns and preceptors to look into issues relevant to the quality of intern training experience.
‘The Board proactively engaged the profession and stakeholders to ensure the information and guidance we provide is easy to understand, up-to-date and relevant,’ said Mr Kelly. ‘This work included updating website content and revising a guide for oral examination candidates.’
‘There are now almost 680,000 registered health practitioners across Australia,’ said AHPRA CEO Mr Martin Fletcher. ‘This Annual Report highlights our strong and shared commitment with the Board to ensure the public has access to a competent, qualified registered health workforce and to take decisive action when required to keep the community safe.’
To view the 2016/17 annual report, along with supplementary tables that segment data across categories such as registration, notifications, statutory offences, tribunals and appeals, and monitoring and compliance, see
Annual Report microsite.
In the coming weeks, AHPRA and the National Boards will also publish summaries of our work regulating health practitioners in each of the 14 registered health professions. Jurisdictional reports, which present data on registered health practitioners in each state and territory will be published in December.