Thinking about applying for nursing jobs in Australia? You’ll need to become AHPRA Registered.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) was established to improve the quality of Australia’s health services by acting as a regulatory system for health professionals. Anyone who uses a professional title protected by National Law must be registered with the National Board, and it’s an offence to do so without registration.
With that in mind, let’s look at the requirements for an AHPRA registration.
A criminal record isn’t necessarily a death knell for an AHPRA registration, but the nature of it will be taken into account. Primarily, a criminal history check will determine whether any existing criminal history is relevant to the profession in question.
When it comes to international applications, criminal history will be checked if the applicant has declared criminal history outside of Australia, and by default if the applicant has resided for more than 6 months outside of Australia since the age of 18.
The applicant must pay for the check through an AHPRA-approved supplier.
A suitable level of competency in English language is required so as to ensure that language skills don’t impede the ability of the professional to deliver healthcare. Different pathways to the language requirement are available depending on the National Board, with exceptions in place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice. A single standard applies for Chinese medicine, chiropractic, medical radiation, occupational therapy, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, and psychology. Individual standards exist for the following: dental practitioners, medical practitioners, and for nursing & midwifery.
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The level of required professional indemnity insurance, or PII, is specified by the National Board, so applicants will need to look this up over the course of their registration.
Each profession’s National Board will lay out requirements for continuing professional development that must be met by all practitioners to maintain and improve competence in their profession.
A minimum of hours in practice must be reached before practitioners can register, with the minimum of hours specified by their National Board.
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