07 Oct 2013
Students who will soon graduate after completing the Board's approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration.
Students of the approved program of study, the Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice, who will graduate at the end of 2013 can go online now to apply for registration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner.
The online graduate application service at the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website enables students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course.
It aims to smooth the path from study to work in five simple steps and online applications are being called for now. All applicants are required to return some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete the application.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia Chair Peter Pangquee said graduates of the approved program of study must apply for general registration if:
Graduates who complete the approved program of study, but who are not currently required to use the protected titles, may also apply for registration.
Mr Pangquee said a graduate of an approved program of study must also meet the National Board’s registration requirements to become a registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner.
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
‘Graduates need to be a registered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner before they can start practising using one of the protected titles and are urged to go online and apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course,’ Mr Pangquee said.
‘It is important that graduates read all the information about what documents must be sent to AHPRA in support of their application.’
There are five simple steps to graduate registration: