Public Health Practitioners are an important asset and part of the Australian Health Care System. Many universities offer specific under- and postgraduate courses to prepare the next generation of practitioners for the real world.
However, in Australia, anyone can call themselves a ‘Public Health Expert’ or ‘Public Health Practitioner’ regardless of their educational background and qualifications.
In Australia, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is responsible for regulating a range of health professions. Watch their short video [1:38 min] Health practitioner regulation: Learn how you’re protected. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
The current intergovernmental criteria for assessing the need for statutory regulation of unregulated professions are:
Criterion 1It is appropriate for health ministers to exercise responsibility for regulating the occupation in question, or does the occupation more appropriately fall within the domain of another ministry?
Criterion 2Do the activities of the occupation pose a significant risk of harm to the health and safety of the public?
Criterion 3Do existing regulatory (or other) mechanisms fail to address health and safety issues?
Criterion 4Is regulation possible to implement for the occupation in question?
Criterion 5Is regulation practical to implement for the occupation in question?
Criterion 6Do the benefits to the public of regulation clearly outweigh the potential negative impact of such regulation?
-Based on these criteria critically assess the need for statutory regulation of Public Health Practitioners.
-What would be a potential implication of this for the quality of health promotion?
Assessment criteria: Grading is based on the Depth and Complexity of the argument, Quality of references as well as referencing and writing ability. ( around 3 references with high quality)
Length: Approximately 250 words.