The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has created a set of resources, including a quick guide with tips and an instructional video, to help new graduates navigate applying for registration.
An information fact sheet features advice on creating an online account with AHPRA, uploading documents, including certified copies of passports and driver’s licences showing proof of identity, and how graduates can track progress of their application online.
To avoid delays, AHPRA suggests new graduates provide as much information as possible when submitting their applications, including, if relevant, declaring any criminal history or health impairments, to ensure they meet the requirements for registration as a health practitioner.
Health issues affecting ability to practise can include physical or mental impairment, disability, or a condition or disorder such as substance abuse or dependence.
One of the mandatory standards that new graduates will need to meet to become registered is English language skills, because health practitioners need to be able to understand patients and respond appropriately to their concerns or preferences.
Education providers send the results of applicants directly to AHPRA to prove their qualifications.
After assessing complete applications, which typically takes two weeks, AHPRA will register graduates, register them with conditions or refuse their application.
AHPRA has also released a new graduate registration application video to help grads nail their application on the first go.
The three-minute instructional video reminds graduates that they need to register with AHPRA and the National Boards before they begin practising.
To be approved, it says graduates must prove their identity, qualifications and that they are safe to practise.
Once approved, applicants will be added to the national online register where the public and employers can find information about all regulated health practitioners.
Check out AHPRA’s Information flyer here
Check out AHPRA’s Applying for Graduate Registration video here