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Registration as a nurse &/or midwife.
All nurses and midwives must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority (AHPRA) to be able to practice as a nurse or midwife in Australia.
Here is the link to the AHPRA website http://www.ahpra.gov.au
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia handles all nursing and midwifery registration matters and will process your registration. Their website is http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au and can be found within the AHPRA site.
The registration forms that you will need to complete can be found at this link:
The form is detailed and you must supply all documentation and respond accurately and truthfully or it will not be processed.
Please Note. When you complete your degree program, your university will forward your results to AHPRA so that you can register. Registration can take many weeks however, therefore it is recommended that you start the process early by completing and submitting the registration paperwork with payment up to 6 weeks before your results are released. Then it will take only a few days for the final processing once your results are received.
Continuing Professional Development.
Ongoing professional development must be demonstrated by all registered nurses and midwives, and is calculated on a pro rata basis. A 20 hours per annum approach is required for you to maintain nursing registration. If you wish to be registered as both a nurse and a midwife, you will need to complete 40 CPD hours per year. You should document your professional development, as audits to check on the accuracy of records do occur. Please review this link for details http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx
Recency of Practice
To maintain your registration, your will need to be able to justify having practiced as a nurse and/or midwife. Here are some key aspects from the standard, however it is recommended that you read the standard to undestand the full intention at this link. http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx
Nurses and midwives in clinical practice Enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives will fulfil the recency of practice requirements if they can demonstrate one or more of the following:
• completion of a minimum of 450 hours of practice within the past five years
• successful completion of a program or assessment approved by the NMBA
• successful completion of a period of supervised practice approved by the NMBA.
Nurses and midwives in non-clinical practice Nurses and midwives working in non-clinical practice are required to meet the recency of practice standard.
If you have recent clinical practice you are deemed to be recent in non-clinical practice. During the yearly registration renewal process you must declare whether you continue to meet this registration standard.
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