AHPRA Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority.
ACMHN Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
PGNA Psychogeriatric Nurses Association
ANTS:Australian Nurse Teachers Society
NSWNA The NSW Nurses Association
ABNLP Australian Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming

Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority

is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia.

AHPRA’s operations are governed by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law), which came into effect on 1 July 2010. This law means that for the first time in Australia, 14 health professions are regulated by nationally consistent legislation under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

AHPRA supports the 14 National Boards that are responsible for regulating the health professions. The primary role of the National Boards is to protect the public and they set standards and policies that all registered health practitioners must meet.

The Agency Management Committee oversees the work of AHPRA. The Chair is Mr Peter Allen.

The CEO of AHPRA is Mr Martin Fletcher who is based in our national office in Melbourne. Our staff are based in eight State and Territory AHPRA offices, as well as our national office.

The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme Strategy 2011-2014sets out our vision, mission and strategic priorities. This statement has been developed jointly by the National Boards and AHPRAAHPRA supports the National Boards in their primary role of protecting the public

  • manage the registration processes for health practitioners and students around Australia
  • has offices in each State and Territory where the public can make notifications about a registered health practitioner or student
  • on behalf of the Boards, manages investigations into the professional conduct, performance or health of registered health practitioners, except in NSW where this is undertaken by the Health Professional Councils Authority and the Health Care Complaints Commission
  • publishes national registers of practitioners so important information about the registration of individual health practitioners is available to the public
  • works with the Health Complaints Commissions in each State and Territory to make sure the appropriate organisation investigates community concerns about individual, registered health practitioners
  • supports the Boards in the development of registration standards, and codes and guidelines
  • provides advice to the Ministerial Council about the administration of the national registration and accreditation scheme

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Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is the peak professional mental health nursing organisation and the recognised credentialing body for mental health nurses in Australia.

It seeks to represent the profession at all levels of government and across all health service sectors. In addition, the ACMHN sets standards for practice, supports mental health nursing research and provides a forum for collegial support, networking and ongoing professional development for its members. Importantly, the ACMHN also works to promote public confidence in and professional recognition of mental health nursing.

Setting the Standard through the pursuit of excellence in Mental Health Nursing

For the College to expand its influence with legislators, funding bodies and key stakeholders, grow membership and continue to develop its infrastructure.
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Psychogeriatric Nurses Association

The Psychogeriatric Nurse’s Association Australia Incorporated (PGNA) had its origins in the 1980s in Sydney. With the setting-up of Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) throughout Sydney by the Australian Commonwealth Government, HACC money was made available to employ psychogeriatric nurses as members of such teams. Several Sydney psychogeriatric nurses began to meet on a regular basis as The Psychogeriatric Nurse’s Support Meeting in order to give professional support to each other in their unique roles as members of ACATs.

Eventually these nurses began to meet in conjunction with the then Section of Psychiatry of Old Age (now the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age). In December 1994 the members of The Psychogeriatric Nurse’s Support Meeting made a decision to become formally known as The Psychogeriatric Nurse’s Association (or PGNA) and formally constituted itself in March 1995.

By March 1995 the membership of PGNA extended to registered and enrolled nurses working in any field of psychogeriatrics, not just those employed to work on ACATs. Membership included nurses working in ACATs, Aged Care Facilities, Geriatric Departments of hospitals, Aged Care Psychiatry Departments of hospitals, community Mental Health teams, community Aged Care Psychiatry teams, Aged Day Care Centres, Dementia Support Teams and Universities.

Over the years since 1995 membership of the Association has grown from its Sydney origins to include members working in regional New South Wales, interstate, and even internationally. The current financial membership of the Association numbers just over one hundred members, including several associate members. Associate members are professionals other than registered or enrolled nurses who either work in the field of psychogeriatrics or have an interest in this field.

At the time of its recent registration and incorporation with the NSW Office of Fair Trading the Association defined for itself what was meant by “psychogeriatric” and “psychogeriatric nurse”. These definitions are incorporated into the Association’s current Constitution & Rules. These definitions are worded at their broadest to encompass all those human conditions which fall under the umbrella of “psychogeriatric” – inclusive of mental illness / mental disorder in late life as well as cognitive impairment in late life.

PGNA does not attempt to compete or substitute itself for broader nursing associations or organisations such as the NSW Nurses Association or The College of Nursing. Indeed PGNA is formally affiliated with The College of Nursing. The members of the PGNA Executive Committee and the Education & Research Committee are not employees of PGNA and give their time and services over and above their regular employment.

PGNA grew out of a need for its members to support each other professionally in the specialised field of psychogeriatric nursing. With an ever-increasing aging population PGNA is now poised to challenge policy makers at State and Federal levels to ensure that older people with a mental illness / mental disorder and/or a cognitive impairment are considered in health care planning process at Area Health Service, State and Federal levels as well as the implementation of realistic plans to meet the service needs of such older people.
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Australian Nurse Teachers Society

The Australian Nurse Teachers Society has catered for the professional interests of nurse teachers in New South Wales for the past twenty years. It has brought together nurse clinicians, nurse specialists and professors in nursing. ANTS now has branches in most states.

There remain few autonomous organisations devoted exclusively to nurse education. There is an increasing need for an organisation to be established which can address and evaluate new curricula, new governmental policy and other contemporary changes that have swept through.

Perhaps the most attractive feature of this Society is that it is serious about helping all Australian Nurses who teach. We provide open days and education forums, research and study grants, support for conference attendance and the opportunity to meet and network with other teachers.

In addition to this the Society provides reports on policy documents and curricula.

It gives me great encouragement to welcome all who are interested in our education; our future. We look forward to your support in our endeavour to promote this organisation
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The NSW Nurses’ Association

The New South Wales Nurses’ Association (NSWNA) is the registered union for all nurses and midwives in New South Wales. The Association represents the industrial interests of nurses and midwives employed under all awards and agreements registered in this State in both the public and private sectors. Its role is to protect the interests of nurses, midwives and the nursing and midwifery profession.

The New South Wales Nurses’ Association (NSWNA) is the registered union for all nurses and midwives in New South Wales.

It represents the industrial interest of nurses and midwives employed under all awards and agreements registered in this State in both the public and private sectors. Its role is to protect the interests of nurses, midwives and the nursing and midwifery professions. As well, the Association represents and provides for the professional, educational and industrial welfare of nurses and midwives in government and non-government forums at state, national and international level.

The NSWNA has approximately 54,000 members and is affiliated to Unions NSW and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). The NSWNA signed a “harmonisation” Agreement in 1988 with the Australian Nursing Federationand eligible members of the NSWNA are deemed to be members of the New South Wales Branch of the Australian Nursing Federation.

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Australian Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming

The ABNLP is the largest independent association for NLP in Australia. As part of our commitment to growing the NLP community in Australia.

The mission of the ABNLP is to NLP accessible to the wider community, so that more people can experience the enormous personal and professional benefits Neuro Linguistic Programming brings.

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