Who's who in the Australian Medical World?
AHPRA is the organisation responsible for the registration and accreditation of ten health professions across Australia, including medical practitioners. The Tasmanian AHPRA office is located at 5/99 Bathurst Street, Hobart Tasmania 7000.
ACRRM is one of two colleges in Australia that are responsible for setting and arbitrating standards for the medical specialty of general practice.
General practitioners who achieve these standards are recognised through the award of Fellowship of ACRRM. Fellows of ACRRM receive full vocational recognition for Medicare purposes and are able to practice in any location throughout Australia.
The RACGP is one of two medical specialist colleges for general practitioners in Australia. Membership of the College is voluntary, except for those doctors who are undertaking the Fellowship preparation and assessment program. The College is principally funded by annual membership prescriptions.
The AMC is an independent national standards body for medical education and training and has four core functions:
- Assessing medical courses and training programs (both medical school courses and the programs for training medical specialists) and accrediting programs which meet AMC accreditation standards
- Assessing international medical graduates (IMGs) who wish to practice medicine in Australia
- Advising medical boards on uniform approaches to the registration of medical practitioners and the maintenance of professional standards in the medical profession
- Advising the Australian Government of the recognition of medical specialities
The role of the Medical Board of Australia is to:
- Register medical practitioners and medical students
- Develop standards, codes and guidelines for the medical profession
- Investigate notifications and complaints
- Where necessary, conduct panel hearings and refer serious matters to Tribunal hearings
- Assess international medical graduates who wish to practise in Australia
- Approve accreditation standards and accredited courses of study
The Board is supported by Boards in each State and Territory who make individual registration and notification decisions, based on national policies and standards set by the Medical Board of Australia.
The Board is also supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) which has offices in each State and Territory to support local Boards and Committees.
Medicare Australia is responsible for administering payments and information for health programs such as Medicare, including the provision of Medicare provider numbers.