Western Australia Health Practitioner Boards

The Western Australia Board of the Medical Board of Australia and the Western Australia Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia are established by their respective national Boards in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010 (the Act).

These Boards work in partnership with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

Members are appointed by the Minister for Health, Western Australia.

Western Australia Board of the Medical Board of Australia 

The Western Australia Board of the Medical Board of Australia (external site) has eight practitioner members, one of whom is appointed as Chair, and four community members.

Western Australia Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

The Western Australia Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (external site) has six practitioner members, one of who. is appointed as Chair, and three community members.

Eligibility requirements

Board members must meet these eligibility requirements:

Required

  • A person is eligible to be appointed as a practitioner member only if the person is a registered health practitioner in the health profession for which the board is established.
  • Practitioner members bring sound experience in the health profession for which the board is established and will have an appreciation and understanding of the role of the board.
  • A person is eligible to be appointed as a community member only if the person is not, and has not at any time, been a health practitioner in the health profession for which the board is established. In addition, preference will be given to applicants who are not a registered health practitioner in any health profession.
  • Community members demonstrate their ability to provide community perspectives and voices to the work of the National Scheme and bring sound community perspectives to regulation of health practitioners. 

Desirable

  • To be eligible for appointment as a practitioner member in a particular jurisdiction, it is expected that you would be residing and practising in that jurisdiction.
  • To be eligible for appointment as a community member in a particular jurisdiction, it is expected that you would be residing in that jurisdiction.

Other eligibility requirements

A person (practitioner or community member applicant) is not eligible to be appointed as a member of the board if:

  • the person has at any time, been found guilty of an offence (whether in a state or territory or elsewhere) that, in the opinion of the WA Health Minister, renders the person unfit to hold the office of member
  • they are a current Ahpra employee or contractor.
Key member attributes

Practitioner and community members

All board member applicants for the Western Australia Health Practitioner Boards are expected to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Displays integrity: is ethical, committed, diligent, prepared, organised, professional, principles-based and respectful; values diversity; and shows courage and independence.
  • Thinks critically: is objective, impartial; uses logical and analytical processes, distils the core of complex issues and weighs up options.
  • Applies expertise: actively applies relevant knowledge skills and experience to contribute to decision-making.
  • Communicates constructively: is articulate, persuasive, diplomatic, self-aware and reflects on personal impact and effectiveness, listens and responds constructively to contributions from others.
  • Focuses strategically: takes a broad perspective, can see the big picture and considers long term impacts.
  • Collaborates in the interests of the scheme: is a team player, flexible, cooperative and creates partnerships within and between boards and Ahpra.

Community members

Community member applicants for the Western Australia Health Practitioner Boards are expected to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Strong community connection: can demonstrate a strong community connection/s and an ability to bring a public/lay perspective and voice to the regulatory work of state and territory boards.

Board chairs

Chair applicants for the Western Australia Health Practitioner Boards are expected to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Demonstrates leadership: is confident, decisive and acts without fear or favour, is at the forefront of professional regulation, drives reform and facilitates change.

  • Engages externally: is the spokesperson for the National Board and advocate for the National Scheme, defines the nature and tone of engagement, builds and sustains stakeholder relationships.
  • Chairs effectively: establishes and follows well- organised agendas, facilitates input from all members, builds consensus, distils core issues, summarises discussion and confirms decisions ensuring they are accurately recorded.
How to apply

Applicant information for the Western Australia Board of the Medical Board of Australia (PDF 232KB) and the Western Australia Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (PDF 233KB) outlines the nomination process.

Applicant nominations for the Western Australia Health Practitioner Boards are to be submitted to the Manager Board Assurance, Department of Health, via Board Assurance.

Vacancies

WA Board of the Medical Board of Australia 

Practitioner and Community member vacancies for 2024

  • Nominations open: 9:00am Friday 2 February 2024
  • Nominations close: 5.00pm Monday 4 March 2024

An online information event hosted by Aphra about board membership is scheduled for 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Monday 19 February 2024. 

To register your interest to attend the event or to seek further information from the Chair about the board member role contact Lee Macey at the Ahpra WA Office.

For general information about applying for a board member role contact Board Assurance at the Department of Health WA.

Interviews are anticipated to be held in May 2024. 

WA Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

No current vacancies.

If you wish to be advised of future calls for nominations, please contact Board Assurance at the Department of Health WA.

Last reviewed: 05-05-2023
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