23 Oct 2019
Simplified logos for AHPRA and the National Boards will be rolled out over coming months.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the 15 National Boards that regulate over 744,000 practitioners across 16 health professions, are in the tenth year of implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).
The National Scheme started in July 2010, initially regulating 10 health professions. Since 2012, five more health professions have joined the scheme, the latest being paramedics in December 2018. (Nursing and midwifery were officially recognised as separate professions under amendments to the National Law1 last year.)
This growth in the number of regulated health professions was pivotal to refreshing the AHPRA logo, which also lists the National Boards and is used to represent the National Scheme.
The bold but simple design of the new AHPRA logo aims to serve us well into the future. It still has a key element of the old logo, namely the map of Australia, but is better suited to digital platforms and for use across a variety of other materials.
Most importantly, it will not need updating as the old logo would if health ministers decide public safety would benefit from other health professions becoming regulated.
The National Board logos reflect the ongoing partnership between the National Boards and AHPRA in our shared role of protecting the public.
Both logo designs also include ‘AHPRA’, now with just an initial capital: ‘Ahpra’. This helps people to pronounce our name correctly and distinguishes us from other regulators with similar acronyms.
The new logos will be rolled out over coming months while we work to update our secure online service portals and exhaust existing hard copy stationery stocks.
Our aim is to ensure no disruption to the important online renewal of 180,000 practitioners across 13 health professions with registration expiring on 30 November 2019.
As we say goodbye to the old logos and welcome the new, thanks for your patience while we complete this transition.
1 The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law).