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Nursing education, regulation and standards in Australia


Dalton, L, Nursing education, regulation and standards in Australia, 13th Annual Conference of the Association of Indonesian Nurses Education Centre (AINEC), 13-15 November, 2014, Pontianak, Indonesia (2014) [Keynote Presentation]

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The Indonesian Association of Nurses Education Institutes (AIPNI) is committed to improving the quality of nursing education in Indonesia to achieve equivalence to each other according to established standards. The overarching goal of this work is to continue to work towards the implementation of a quality culture for improvement and continuous development in order to reach the quality of health services as expected by the Indonesian public. To achieve optimal quality of institutions some restructuring of Indonesian higher education systems are essential and this requires the ability of nurses in the educational institutions to offer nursing courses that meet the standards of education through accreditation. A similar approach to safety and quality in health is used in Australia through a national regulatory system for nurse education programs and competency based registration system for individual nurses and midwives.

Australia established a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) as a national health workforce agency through the 2008 National Partnership Agreement on Hospital and Health Workforce Reform (NPA). It commenced operations in January 2010 following the enactment of the Health Workforce Australia Act 2009, which has since been abolished as part of the recent Government Reforms. Some years ago, COAG recognised that a national coordinated approach was needed to create a health workforce able to meet the current and future healthcare needs of all Australian communities. It was argued that without strategic and coordinated reform, the demand could not be met and the challenges could not be overcome. It recognised that reform must be national and large-scale and that it must cut across jurisdictional, sectoral and professional boundaries. The now defunct Health Workforce Agency lead the implementation of this reform effort and worked towards a goal of building a sustainable health workforce for Australia.

In 2006, the COAG commissioned a major health workforce review and one of the major outcomes to emerge was COAG agreed to establish a national scheme for the registration and regulation of health professionals & the accreditation of the education & training programs leading to registration of health practitioners. In 2010, the new National Registration and Accreditation Scheme was introduced and now forms the relatively new legislative and regulatory framework in place for health practitioners in Australia. This keynote address will provide an overview of how Australia seeks to ensure safe and quality care in heath, through the regulation of all areas of health along the continuum of education and training, through regulation of the professional health workforce and the facilities that provide health services. The ultimate goal of these regulatory frameworks is to ensure patients experience the safest and high quality care possible.

Item Details

Item Type:Keynote Presentation
Keywords:Nursing education regulation standards international Indonesia
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Dalton, L (Dr Lisa Dalton)
ID Code:96931
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-11-26
Last Modified:2014-11-26

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