Health practitioners, particularly nurses, who want to be registered and work in Australia, you will need to complete the AHPRA Self-check before being able to apply for registration.
Who is AHPRA and What is its Role?
The Australian Health Practicioner Regulation Agency, otherwise known as AHPRA is the organisation responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditatioion Scheme across Australia. The group works towards public safety by working with 15 National Boards to ensure that the all interest groups have access to safe health workforce across all involved professions under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
This would include setting national standards, auditing compliance, managing issues and complaints, publishing the oniline register, accreditation of training and education, facilitation of a mobile health workforce and registration of over 800,000 health practitioners, all under the goal of protecting public interest.
What is AHPRA Self-Check?
The AHPRA self-check is for Internationally Qualified Nurse or Midwives (IQNM), who want to be registered in Australia. This is the first step because it helps identify the required assessment stages for IQNMS, and maps out the next steps. This process is exclusively for IQNMs only and third parties cannot apply on behalf of the IQNM.
This is only a tool to help a nurse’s qualifications assessed and does not determine whether the individual or candidate is eligible for registration. Being able to complete the assessment does not guarantee a successful registration application. The end of the assessment gives the individual advise on which Stream they belong to, which is dependent on which qualification assessment criteria the individual meets.
Streams will likely include Orientation and and MCQ exam and OSCE prior to applying for qualification. It is very important to identify which stream an individual belongs to so that the process is properly followed to ensure a higher probability of successful registration.