The Nursing and Midwifery Board of the Northern Territory established under the Health Practitioners Act 2004
is a statutory body responsible for ensuring the public is protected through the regulation of nurses and midwives registered in the Northern Territory. The Board is administered by The Health Professions Licensing Authority (HPLA), which is a branch of the Department of Health and Community Services. The HPLA is established to provide the administrative and operational support necessary to facilitate eleven Health Professional Boards to perform their functions.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board carries out its mandate by:
- Ensuring that all nurses and midwives have received educational preparation to an agreed national standard;
- Dealing with issues of conduct and taking any disciplinary action as required;
- Administering the framework under which impaired nurses and midwives can be rehabilitated without necessarily losing their license to practice;
- Assisting to improve nurses and midwives practitioners performance should it be found to be below accepted professional standards, and
- Ensuring that all nurses and midwives either currently registered or intending to be registered are competent and fit to practise.
The Health Professions Licensing Authority (HPLA) provides a bureau service to the Nursing and Midwifery Board and carries out administrative duties as directed by it.
http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Health_Professions_Licensing_Authority_HPLA/Health_Registration_Boards/Nursing_and_Midwifery_Board/index.aspx#Role (accessed on 23.04.2009)