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Latest campaign actions - Registration of social work

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Campaign progress and status

The following table sets out the relevant milestones and latest updates on AASW activity to achieve NRAS inclusion:

AASW actions
Outcomes

2018: The AASW is continuing to advocate across the country to state and federal ministers.

We are looking to build on the successes in SA across all states and territories and are currently engaging in direct advocacy in order to achieve state/territory based registration across Australia.

COAG/APHRA Consultation (August 2018): The AASW is currently working on a submission to the COAG Health Council's consultation paper: Regulation of Australia's health professions.

September 2018: In September a private member's bill will be introduced to the SA Parliament for the registration of social work. If you live in the state use the letter provide to lobby your local member.

Read the Hon Tammy Franks's 5 September 2018 speech here.

In March 2018, due to the advocacy efforts of the AASW and in particular the AASW SA Branch, the Liberal Party SA and Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall have included as part of their policy platform the registration of all SA social workers.

The AASW is currently working with the South Australian government in the implementation of this policy.

You can support the AASW by lobbying your local MP to implement the registration of social workers nationally:

  1. Search for your local Members of Parliament
  2. Complete, sign and post our local MP letter
2017: Due to the outcomes of the 2016 COAG Health meeting and the decision not to include social work in NRAS, in 2017 the AASW focused on registration at a state and territory level. Throughout the year we strongly advocated to relevant ministers in all states/ territories for the development of local registration legislation, focusing primarily on South Australia due to the Coroner's report.

As above: Due to the advocacy efforts of the AASW and in particular the AASW SA Branch, the Liberal Party SA called for the registration of all SA social workers as part of their election platform.

The AASW is continuing to work with the South Australian government in the development of this policy.

August 2016: Throughout the month, the AASW invited members and their social work colleagues to lobby for Health Ministers to endorse social work for inclusion in the National Accreditation and Registration Scheme (NRAS).

October 2016: At their April 2016 COAG Health meeting, Health Ministers discussed the proposal to include the social work profession in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). After considering further advice, ministers unfortunately decided not to include the social work profession in the National Scheme.

June 2016: The Call for Registration paper has been updated by the AASW to provide senior government representatives with additional rationale as they prepare documentation for the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council.

10 June 2016: So we can use a different set of arguments to articulate the benefits of social work registration to government and the community, we have also commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to prepare a paper. It argues the economic benefits of registration.

12 April 2016: AASW wrote to South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling to thank him for putting the issue of social work registration on the COAG Health Council agenda and to seek a meeting to discuss and progress further.

17 March 2016: AASW wrote to South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling to acknowledge his proposal to put the inclusion of social workers in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) to the COAG Health Council meeting on 8 April 2016. 8 April 2016: COAG Health Council issued a communiqué in relation to its 8 April 2016 meeting. It stated that ‘Ministers discussed a South Australian proposal to include social workers in the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme following two coronial inquests in SA which recommended such national registration. This issue has been referred to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council for further work and advice back to Ministers at a future meeting.’

Ongoing & current: AASW advocacy regarding unintended consequences of registration: The AASW has long been advocating to address the unintended consequences of registration, including in relation to examples of non-registered professions being disadvantaged in the workforce.

10 February 2016: The review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) recognised this issue and Health Ministers agreed that action would be taken to address these unintended consequences. On 10 February 2016, the Department of Health issued this statement to the aged care sector regarding the highly valued services provided by self-regulating health professions, and named social work specifically. As a result, it is recommended that employers review their recruitment and contracting processes to allow both registered and self-regulated allied health professions to apply for all relevant positions.

August 2015 : AASW response to NRAS Review Final Report

The AASW’s commitment to and campaign for the regulation of social work for the protection of the public and professional standards will continue. The Board and National Registration Taskforce will continue to lead this work and we will keep members involved and updated.

7 August 2015: Australian Health Ministers met to consider the Final Report on the Independent Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions (the NRAS Review).

The AASW’s submission to the NRAS Review advocated strongly for the formal regulation of the social work profession in Australia. The NRAS Review Final Report proposed the establishment of a voluntary register model for self-regulated professions, whereby organisations that hold voluntary registers would need to demonstrate that they meet a series of standards to provide assurance that registrants are required to meet high standards of conduct and practice competence.

However this recommendation was not accepted by the Australian Health Ministers. Further, the NRAS Review Final Report did not make recommendations regarding the inclusion of social work in the National Scheme. Please refer to the COAG Health Council Communiqué and the NRAS Review Final Report for further information.

7 May 2015: The Health Workforce Regulation Unit issued a Communiqué regarding the implementation of the National Code of Conduct for health care workers, as well as a copy of the National Code. The AASW will be forming an advisory group to consider the implications of the Code for the social work profession.

20 April 2015: At its meeting on 17 April 2015, the COAG Health Council also considered the final report A National Code of Conduct for health care workers and the results of a national consultation on standards of conduct for all health care workers who are not registered under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health practitioners. The final report is available here. The AASW was an active participant in the consultation process and some of our contributions are reflected in the report. Ministers agreed to the terms of the first National Code of Conduct for health care workers and determined that jurisdictions would now examine the implementation of the National Code. The AASW will continue to work with the Government and our sector partners to advocate strongly for the social work profession and protection of the public.

17 April 2015: The COAG Health Council met on 17 April 2015 and considered the final report of the Independent Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). The Communiqué can be found here. Consideration of the recommendations has been deferred to the August 2015 COAG Health Council meeting. The AASW remains committed to the regulation of social work and the Registration Taskforce will continue to lead our advocacy and work to achieve this.
30 March 2015: National President Karen Healy and CEO Glenys Wilkinson, met with Health Minister Sussan Ley to discuss the registration of social work.

16 February 2015: The AASW is continuing to monitor the progress of the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for health professions. The AASW contacted the NRAS Review team today to request an update.

10 March 2015: A final bulletin was issued by AHMAC regarding the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions.

Health Ministers will consider the final report of the Independent Reviewer at the April 2015 meeting of the Ministerial Council. The final report is expected to be publicly released following consideration by the Ministerial Council.

19 February 2015: The AASW received the following update from the office of the NRAS Review team:

“The Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions (the Review) was conducted between April 2014 and January 2015 in accordance with the project plan and terms of reference approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council).

Submissions to the Review were invited in response to the Consultation paper until mid-October 2014.

Submissions have now closed following the completion of the final report of the Independent Reviewer, provided to the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council at the end of December 2014.

The final report is expected to be publicly released following consideration by the Ministerial Council and work will then commence on implementation of those recommendations accepted.

It is anticipated that Health Ministers will consider the final report of the Independent Reviewer at the April 2015 meeting of the Ministerial Council.”

25-26 November 2014: AASW sent a copy of our submission to the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions to the Federal Health Minister and every State and Territory Health Minister, urging them to support the registration of social work under the National Scheme or a similar statutory regulatory process. We also wrote to over 50 Senators and Members of Parliament, identified for their understanding of the needs of vulnerable people and the important work that social workers do, and urging them to act now to support the registration of social work. We understand the final report of the Review will be publicly available in early 2015.

17 October 2014: Ruth Strout (AASW Registration Taskforce member) and Mary Hood (SA Branch President) met with Senator Nick Xenophon to discuss the AASW submission to the NRAS Review and the importance of regulating social work in Australia for the protection of the public.

17 October 2014: Following the meeting with the AASW, Senator Nick Xenophon immediately wrote to the Minister for Health, the Honourable Peter Dutton MP, to outline his full support for the national statutory registration of social workers in Australia. Senator Xenophon is seeking an urgent meeting with Minister Dutton to discuss these issues.

10 October 2014: ​AASW Submission to the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions. Access submission here.

September 2014: AASW representation at NRAS Review forums across Australia:

Monday 15 September: Perth, WA

Tuesday 16 September: Adelaide, SA

Thursday 18 September, Darwin, NT

Friday 19 September, Brisbane, QLD

Monday 22 September, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday 23 September, Canberra, ACT

Wednesday 24 September, Hobart, TAS

Wednesday 1 October, Melbourne, VIC

12 September 2014: AASW issues media release calling again for social workers to be regulated through the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, after recent research revealed practitioners such as psychologists and doctors are engaging in serious misconduct.

September 2014: AASW to be represented at the consultation forums in every state and territory, and to make written submission to the Review by closing date 10 October 2014.

29 August 2014: Mr Snowball wrote to AASW to thank us for providing our views to him (at our meeting on 30 June 2014), and to invite our further participation in the Review through attendance at the consultation forums and by making a written submission.

Consultation Paper for the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions released.

19 August 2014: Christine Craik (AASW National Vice President) and Glenys Wilkinson (AASW CEO) met with Lucinda Barry (Chief of Staff, Office of the Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash) to discuss the registration of social work.

28 July 2014: AASW Registration Taskforce member, Ruth Strout, met with Senator Anne Ruston’s (Liberal Senator for South Australia) to discuss registration of social work.

30 June 2014: AASW to meet with Mr Kim Snowball, Independent Reviewer leading the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) for health professions.
26 June 2014: ABC radio interview with newly appointed AASW National Registration Taskforce member, Ruth Strout, discussing among other things, the importance of the registration of social work. To listen to the interview: http://blogs.abc.net.au/sa/2014/06/riverland-today-people-ruth-strout.html?site=riverland&program=riverland_mornings 26 June 2014: Following the ABC radio interview, Ruth Strout was contacted by Senator Anne Ruston’s (Liberal Senator for South Australia) office offering her a meeting with Senator Ruston. Ruth Strout will be meeting with Senator Ruston on Monday 28 July 2014 to discuss the registration of social workers.
3 June 2014: AASW releases paper titled, NRAS and the National Regulation of Social Work: Implications for social workers in non health settings. This paper considers the implications of achieving national registration for social workers working in non health settings. The paper acknowledges the critical role of social work in community development and social change, and explores our collective commitment to professional standards.
30 May 2014: Glenys Wilkinson (AASW CEO) met with Adviser to Catherine King, Shadow Minister for Health) to continue discussions regarding the registration of social work.
26 May 2014: AASW recontacted the office of Mr Kim Snowball (Independent Reviewer, NRAS Review) to follow up our request to meet. 27 May 2014: Office of Mr Kim Snowball contacted the AASW to advise a meeting time will be scheduled with the AASW soon.
13 May 2014: AASW sought further information about the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) Review timeframes.

15 May 2014: NRAS Review project team advised that a consultation paper is expected to be released publicly in August 2014, with consultation forums to be held in each state and territory in September 2014, with final report anticipated to be provided to Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (AHWMC) in January 2015.

2 May 2014: AASW wrote to Mr Kim Snowball, Independent Reviewer appointed to lead the Review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions, to request a meeting.
April/May 2014: ​SA member, Ruth Strout, organised meetings with Senator Penny Wright (Greens Senator for South Australia) and Mr Tim Whetstone MP (Liberal State Member for Chaffey, SA) to discuss the registration of social work and the National Code of Conduct for Health Care Workers. 21 May 2014: Senator Penny Wright wrote to Minister Peter Dutton regarding the inclusion of social work in NRAS. Read Senator Wright’s letter here.
30 April 2014: Karen Healy (National President) met with Mr Steven Jones (Shadow Assistant Health Minister) to discuss the registration of social work.
30 April 2014: AASW Submission to AHMAC regarding a National Code of Conduct for health care workers submitted.

29 April 2014: Terms of Reference for the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for the health professions Review available.

AASW to seek meeting with Independent Reviewer.

14 April 2014: Australian Health Ministers appoint Mr Kim Snowball as the Independent Reviewer for the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) Review.

March - April 2014: AASW represented at every consultation forum held in each State and Territory between 26 March to 14 April.

AASW members and Friends of Registration contact their local Members of Parliament to raise the importance of social work registration.

AASW members contribute to the development of the AASW Submission to AHMAC regarding the National Code of Conduct for health care workers.
18 March 2014: AASW releases 'Take Action Kit' to assist members to respond to the consultation process on the National Code of Conduct for health care workers.
17 March 2014: Federal Government releases its consultation process on a National Code of Code of Conduct for health care workers.

12 March 2014: Professor Karen Healy’s (National President) keynote address on Registration and Title Protection in Australia on 11 November 2013 at the Social Workers Registration Board of Aotearoa/New Zealand conference in Wellington New Zealand, now available here. A corresponding PowerPoint presentation used by Professor Healy for the address is also available here.

11 March: Christine Craik (National Vice President) and Glenys Wilkinson (CEO) met with Kevin Andrews’ (Minister for Social Service) Chief of Staff to discuss the registration of social work.

Outcomes to be advised as they are progressed.

5 March 2014: AASW launched a legally protected Collective Trade Mark for exclusive use by Accredited Mental Health Social Workers.

12 March 2014: Over 500 social workers have now registered to use a legally protected Trade Mark. The new Trade Marks strengthen our profession’s self-regulatory functions and simultaneously highlights the continuing need for formal registration.

28 February 2014: Karen Healy (National President), Anita Phillips (AASW Director and National Registration Taskforce Chair) and Glenys Wilkinson (CEO) met with Tom Fleming, Senior Adviser to Health Minister Peter Dutton, to discuss the registration of social work in Australia.

Outcomes to be advised as they are progressed.

12 February 2014: Karen Healy (National President) and Glenys Wilkinson (CEO) met with Sam Scott (Adviser to Minister for Human Services, Senator Marise Payne) and Catherine King (Shadow Minister for Health) in Canberra today to discuss the registration of social work.

AASW also continues to pursue meetings with the offices of the Minister for Health, Peter Dutton and Minister for Social Services, Kevin Andrews.

Outcomes to be advised as they are progressed.
12 February 2014: AASW releases new 'Friends of Registration' products. 12 February 2014: The Friends of Registration initiative now has 294 members.
6 February 2014: Session on Registration and Title Protection presented at the AASW National Symposium in November 2013 uploaded to SWOT. 6 February 2014: Session can be viewed free of charge on the AASW Social Work Online Training (SWOT) site. Go to http://aasw.moodle.com.au/ and click on 'Recordings'.
5 February 2014: AASW launched a legally protected Collective Trade Mark to improve public safety and protection and offer a form of title protection. Media Release issued. 12 February 2014: Within 1 week over 200 social workers registered to use a Collective Trade Mark. Major communication strategy with social workers, employers and the public now underway.

24 January 2014: AASW contacted Health Workforce Principal Committee (HWPC) again for update on the 2014 review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS).

24 January 2014: HWPC advised that the appointment of the reviewer and release of the Terms of Reference is imminent and that the HWPC will advise the AASW as soon as this information is available.

4 December 2013: AASW contacted Health Workforce Principal Committee (HWPC) again for update on the review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS).

4 December 2013: HWPC advised that the Terms of Reference for the NRAS Review will be publicly released following the appointment of the Independent Reviewer, which is currently in train.

2 December 2013: AASW received Bulletin 1 of the Unregistered Health Practitioners Project, in relation to the introduction of a National Code of Conduct.

AASW to respond to consultation paper (expected to be released in March/April), and to attend consultation forums in every state and territory (expected to be held in March).

More to come.

December 2013: The 'Friends of Registration' and 'Faces of Registration' projects continue to grow daily. 6 December 2013: 191 members

November 2013: The ‘Friends of Registration’ and ‘Faces of Registration’ projects continue to grow daily.

25 November 2013: 164 Friends of Registration as at end November.

24 November 2013: Karen Healy (AASW National President), Anita Phillips (AASW National Director) and Glenys Wilkinson (AASW CEO) presented a session on Registration and Title Protection at AASW National Symposium in Melbourne. Watch the video here.

23 November 2013: AASW announced two new registered trade marks to provide professional recognition for AASW members.

Early 2014: Marketing and communications strategy to follow and implementation to occur in 2014.

11 November 2013: Karen Healy, AASW National President, delivered a keynote address on Registration and Title Protection in Australia at the Social Workers Registration Board of Aotearoa/New Zealand conference held in Wellington, New Zealand from 11-12 November 2013. The conference was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the Social Workers Registration Act 2003 in New Zealand. Presentation to be uploaded when available.

25 October 2013: AASW wrote to new Shadow Minister for Health, Catherine King, congratulating her on her appointment and requesting a meeting with her to discuss the inclusion of social work in NRAS.

9 December 2013: Office of Shadow Minister for Health, Catherine King, confirmed meeting with AASW National President for 12 February 2014 in Canberra to discuss inclusion of social work in NRAS.
23 October 2013: National Registration Taskforce met to discuss future campaign strategy in light of recent meetings with key senior bureaucrats as well as the upcoming public consultation processes regarding the NRAS Review and National Code of Conduct.

23 October 2013 onwards: National Registration Taskforce set the following priorities for the remainder of 2013 and early 2014:

AASW continued to pursue its multi-prong approach to achieving national regulation of social work, as outlined in our Directions Paper for 2013, specifically:

  1. Inclusion in NRAS
  2. Collective Trademark
  3. Models for self-regulation
  • AASW launched collective Trademark at AGM on 23 November 2013.
  • AASW sought meetings with Health Minister’s Senior Adviser and Shadow Health Minister.
  • AASW to continue to monitor timeframes for NRAS Review and National Code of Conduct and contribute to the public consultation processes.
  • AASW and members to commence another lobbying phase in early 2014.

2 October 2013: AASW launched new “Friends of Registration” web page, which included the introduction of a ‘faces of registration’ strategy, depicting a growing visual petition of people calling for the registration of social work.

October 2013: The “Friends of Registration” group continues to grow daily, with 100 members as at end October.
30 September 2013: AASW wrote to new Federal Health Minister, Peter Dutton, congratulating him on his appointment and requesting a meeting with him to discuss the inclusion of social work in NRAS.

22 October 2013: Response received from Minister Dutton’s office advising that the Minister was unable to meet at the time due to his schedule, and proposed we meet with his Senior Adviser, Mr Tom Fleming (Date to be advised).

23 September 2013: The AASW became aware of media reports where a convicted child sex offender described self as social worker.

3 October 2013: The AASW responded and highlighted the continued need for the registration of social work.

14 October 2013: Letter to AASW received from David Butt (Chief Allied Health Officer) as follow up to our meeting with him on 14 August 2013. Mr Butt encouraged the AASW to provide its views on the inclusion of social work in NRAS as part of the NRAS Review. Mr Butt also encouraged the AASW to provide its views on the inclusion of social workers in the National Code of Conduct as part of the upcoming public consultation process. Further, Mr Butt offered to assist the AASW in the promotion of its Collective Trademark.

17 September 2013: AASW member and ‘Friend of Registration’, Katherine Burke, requested a meeting with Jill Hall MP (Federal Member for Shortland) to discuss registration strategy.

26 September 2013: AASW CEO, AASW Senior Manager Ethics & Standards and member Katherine Burke met with Jill Hall MP to discuss registration strategy. Ms Hall is very supportive of the registration of social work and provided the AASW with campaign strategy advice and offered the availability of ongoing political strategy advice. Ms Hall also offered to sponsor a Parliament House Security Pass for the AASW, so as to facilitate our meetings with Members of Parliament.

30 August 2013: AASW wrote to Chair, Practitioner Regulation Sub-Committee (PSRC) to seek a meeting.

27 September 2013: AASW National President met with Bronwyn Nardi, Practitioner Regulation Sub-Committee Chair to discuss inclusion of social work in NRAS and AASW opposition to the introduction of a National Code of Conduct for Unregulated Health Practitioners.

The meeting was constructive and PSRC Chair encouraged the AASW to pursue its multi-prong approach to achieving national regulation of social work, as outlined in Directions Paper for 2013, and in particular, the Collective Trademark for AASW members as a strategy for achieving title protection.

28 August 2013: AASW became aware of a media report which referred to a person charged with serious offences as a well known social worker.

18 September 2013: The AASW responds and highlights the continued need for the registration of social work.
19 August 2013: Further telephone call made to HWPC Secretariat to follow up letter and request a meeting.

19 August 2013: HWPC Secretariat advised that the Chair of the HWPC (Dr Pradeep Philip) referred the AASW’s request to meet to discuss the inclusion of social work in NRAS, to the Practitioner Regulation Sub-Committee (PRSC) – a sub-committee of the HWPC.

The PSRC was asked to advise the HWPC in relation to a response to the AASW and ask the HWPC to consider the advice and determine the best committee for the AASW to meet (ie. HWPC or PRSC). We were further advised that the review of NRAS is the current priority and that the governance structures are currently being finalised.

16 September 2013: Letter received from Dr Pradeep Philip, HWPC Chair, suggesting that the HWPC and AASW meet following AHMAC approval and public release of the Terms of Reference for the NRAS Review. (Terms of Reference still not released as at end October 2013. AASW continued to monitor.)

14 August 2013: AASW met with David Butt, Chief Allied Health Officer to discuss the inclusion of social work in NRAS and presented him with our position paper in response to the national code of conduct.

14 August 2013: Meeting with David Butt, Chief Allied Health Officer and Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing with responsibility for national primary health care reform, population health, and regulatory policy and governance. Meeting was positive and generally supportive, although it was indicated that further inclusions in NRAS are unlikely until after NRAS review completed in 2014. Mr Butt is supportive of the AASW’s multi-prong approach to achieving national regulation of social work, as outlined in our Directions Paper for 2013 , and in particular our consideration of a collective Trademark for AASW members as a strategy for achieving title protection.

14 August 2013: AASW released position paper on the Introduction of a National Code of Conduct for Unregulated Health Practitioners and urged members to present this position paper to their local candidates in the lead up to the Federal election.

The National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professionals (NASRHP) also opposed to the introduction of a national code of conduct and the AASW working with NASRHP in collective action in response to this.

9 August 2013: Telephone call and follow up letter sent to HWPC Secretariat requesting to meet with the AASW.

April – August 2013: Numerous attempts to meet with Chair of HWPC to ascertain where the consideration of social work inclusion is at.

8 August 2013: HWPC met, and it is understood that the inclusion in the HWPC’s work plan of the progressing of a management process for the inclusion of unregistered professions in the NRAS (as advised in letter from Dr Moffet in March), was not discussed.

7 August 2013: AASW advised members of Government announcement to introduce national code of conduct for unregistered health practitioners and advised that a position paper in response to this will be released next week.

1 August 2013: SCoH communiqué announcing that a national Code of Conduct for unregistered health practitioners would be made by regulation in each State and Territory and that AHMAC has been asked to conduct a consultation as to the terms of the Code and the proposed policy parameters.

The full report, titled Options for regulation of unregistered health practitioners can be accessed here.

14 June 2013: SCoH met in Sydney with no announcements with relevance to NRAS in their communiqué.

May 2013: HWPC advised that their 2 May 2013 meeting was cancelled and that the next meeting of the HWPC will now be held on 8 August 2013.

19 April 2013: Letter to Dr Moffet requesting to meet with him to progress our discussions regarding the inclusion of social work in NRAS.

22 April 2013: HWPC advised that the next meeting of the HWPC will be 2 May 2013.

19 April 2013: HWPC did not meet as planned, and no advice as to next meeting date received.

November 2012 – March 2013: Further lobbying of Chief Executives of all State and Territory Health departments (members of AHMAC) as well as their Ministers and other advisers.

March 2013: AHMAC met in Sydney, and following the meeting, Dr Jeffrey Moffet (Chair of Health Workforce Principal Committee (HWPC) and Chief Executive of Health from Northern Territory), wrote to AASW stating: “the inclusion of Social Workers in NRAS was discussed. AHMAC requested that the Health Workforce Principal Committee (HWPC) include in its work plan the progressing of a management process for the8 inclusion of unregistered professions in the NRAS.HWPC is aware of the Australian Association of Social Workers concerns and we welcome communication on governance matters relating to the NRAS”.

The meeting also considered the draft Terms of Reference for the Review of NRAS which was due to commence after 1 July 2013.

The next meeting of the HWPC was scheduled for 19 April 2013.

May – November 2012: Considerable lobbying across the country of State and Federal Health Ministers, advisers etc which resulted in Minister Hames in WA agreeing to put inclusion of Social Workers in NRAS on the agenda of the Health Ministers meeting in November 2012.

9 November 2012: Standing Council on Health – (SCoH - all State and Federal Health Ministers) met as the Australian Workforce Ministerial Council (AHWMC) in Perth.

A letter from Minister Hames followed that meeting stating - “the meeting noted the proposal to include social workers onto the NRAS, and agreed to refer the proposal for advice and further consideration by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC).” AHMAC was scheduled to meet next in March 2013.

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