The ADC signs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statement of Intent

The ADC signs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statement of Intent

16 July 2018
ADC CEO Narelle Mills speaks at Statement of Intent signing. Credit: Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority
ADC CEO Narelle Mills speaks at the signing of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme Statement of Intent. Credit. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. 

 

In its position as an accreditation authority, this week the Australian Dental Council signed the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme Statement of Intent (the Statement). 


Developed by the National Scheme Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy Group, the Statement highlights the commitment of the sector to work towards equal health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and other Australians by 2031. 

Thirty-seven health organisations signed the Statement of Intent, including the 14 national health practitioner boards, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), accreditation authorities, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector leaders and organisations. 

For the accreditation authorities, such as the ADC, the Statement reaffirms their commitment to work together in support of its vision of a health sector where Patient safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is the norm, explains CEO, Narelle Mills. 

“We are committed to work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, education providers, and each other to ensure the next generation of health practitioners have the skills and knowledge needed to advance the health and wellbeing of all Australians,” said Ms Mills. 

“This involves ensuring health practitioner programs are not only producing practitioners who are culturally safe, but also providing the necessary support to those students identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander so they can go on to play a vital role in the community,” she said. 

The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme Statement of Intent can be viewed here.

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