What are ANMAC accreditation standards?

Accreditation standards are a mechanism for establishing the agreed level of quality or attainment required in professional education programs. Accreditation standards are used by ANMAC to assess whether programs and education providers meet the agreed standard for nursing and midwifery pre-registration and pre-endorsement programs of study. Assessing and accrediting professional education programs is part of a broader process of assuring the community, that having completed an accredited program, practitioners have achieved outcomes agreed to by the profession and are able to practise safe

Why does ANMAC regularly publish new versions of Accreditation Standards?

ANMAC is responsible, under the National law, for maintaining the currency and integrity of accreditation standards for nursing and midwifery programs leading to registration and endorsement in Australia. ANMAC regularly reviews and improves accreditation standards used to assess programs, to ensure their continued effectiveness and relevance in contemporary education and health care environments.  

What is the Essential Evidence companion document?

In collaboration with stakeholders, ANMAC has developed an Essential Evidence companion document to support the standards. The companion document is made accessible to education providers on our website with the new or revised Accreditation Standards. When applying for program accreditation, the Essential Evidence is the minimum evidence an education providers needs to submit to demonstrate their program meets the relevant accreditation standards.

What consultation process does ANMAC undertake when developing accreditation standards?

In developing an accreditation standard for a health profession, the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 requires accreditation authorities to undertake wide-ranging consultation on the content of accreditation standards. Review of ANMAC Accreditation Standards is guided by a Professional Reference Group (PRG) selected for expertise in such areas as consumer advocacy; clinical practice, education and research; health service delivery and management; regulation and accreditation; professional and industrial matters and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

What advice did ANMAC seek from the Office of Best Practice Regulation when developing accreditation standards?

All accreditation standards developed by ANMAC are assessed by the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR). The OBPR is a division within the Australian Government’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet but has independence from the Department in assessing and reporting on compliance with the best practice regulation requirements.

How do new Accreditation Standards affect education providers with a currently accredited program?

In line with ANMAC’s Transition policy for new Accreditation Standards, ANMAC will determined whether there are areas of change that will require education providers to transition to the new accreditation standards. Education providers will be provided with information regarding the transition requirements, evidence required and due dates. All future applications for program accreditation will need to address the new Accreditation Standards.  


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