Grandparenting arrangements: Effective 1 July 2015, grandparenting arrangements that allowed some practitioners to become registered have expired. See the news item for more information.
This standard was approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council in December 2011 pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law), with approval taking effect from 1 July 2012.
Practitioners who were registered with the Aboriginal Health Workers Board of the Northern Territory will automatically transition to the new national registration and accreditation scheme from 1 July 2012. Registration under the national scheme is required in all states and territories of Australia that have enacted the National Law.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers who as of 1 July 2012 will be practising in a role designated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, and who do not automatically transition into the national scheme, must apply for registration.
In states and territories which have not had registration prior to 1 July 2012, applicants will need to meet Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Practice) or equivalent.
Applicants who do not meet the qualification requirements under section 53 of the National Law may be eligible to apply for registration under the grandparenting arrangements.
Until 1 July 2015, individuals may be eligible to apply for registration under the grandparenting provisions if they meet the requirements under section 303.
If an applicant does not have the approved qualification, the Board, under the grandparenting provisions, may recognise alternative qualifications and/or experience equivalent to the approved qualification, which may allow an applicant to be considered for registration.
Applicants for registration must also meet the other standards of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Health Islander Practice Board of Australia in order to be eligible for registration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner and be able to use the protected titles.
This standard applies to all applicants for general registration within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner profession under section 303 of the National Law.
This section is simplified in the associated guideline.
All applicants must be qualified for registration in order to satisfy the eligibility requirements under section 52. Section 303 sets out the qualifications for general registration. An individual who applies for registration as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner before 1 July 2015 may be qualified for general registration in the profession if the individual.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner means a person registered by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board. The practitioner may use the titles:
Clinical practice means direct clinical care of patients, using the current knowledge, skills and attitudes of the profession, whether remunerated or not, and regardless of job title.
This standard will commence on 1 July 2012 and cease on 1 July 2015.