This strategy aims to produce consistency and quality improvement in matters of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and cultural safety across the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. It sets a clear direction and course of action for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), National Boards and Accreditation Authorities, who together regulate Australia’s 740,000 registered health practitioners.
To ensure culturally safe and respectful practice, health practitioners must acknowledge colonisation and systemic racism, social, cultural, behavioural and economic factors which impact individual and community health.
It was made clear that any strategy should address the workforce development needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the health professions as well as ensure non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals are more adequately equipped to provide effective health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
There needs to be a consistent approach to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health across the National Scheme’s functions (professional standards, registration, notification, accreditation, etc).