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 1
It 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 2
Do the activities of the occupation pose a significant risk of harm to the health and safety of the public?
- Criterion 3
Do existing regulatory (or other) mechanisms fail to address health and safety issues?
- Criterion 4
Is regulation possible to implement for the occupation in question?
- Criterion 5
Is regulation practical to implement for the occupation in question?
- Criterion 6
Do 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.