The role of accreditation in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes thematic review: preliminary findings released
5 October 2018
The Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum (the Forum) has released its preliminary findings to the recent thematic review on the Role of accreditation in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes project (the Project).
This Project is of special significance for the Australian Dental Council (ADC), with the organisation leading the work on the thematic review, along with the survey of accreditation decision makers.
Preliminary findings show an overwhelming 218 responses from accredited health practitioner programs across Australia and New Zealand to the thematic review. Dentistry had one of the highest response rates, with data gathered from the vast majority of the 62 ADC accredited programs delivered by 18 education providers.
This initial analysis indicates the strength of accreditation as a lever for change and identifies opportunities to learn across all the professions. This is the first time since the inception of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme that such valuable data has been collected across all accreditation authorities.
Preliminary findings from the thematic review are available here.
The ADC would like to thank everyone who took the time to participate in the thematic review. Work is now underway on a detailed analysis of the responses and is expected to be completed in early 2019.
Data collected through the review, along with other work under the project, will be used by the Forum to inform further projects and potential policy changes assisting in improving the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
To learn more about the Forum and its work visit hpacf.org.au
More information regarding Closing the Gap can be found via the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, here.