Important information for students in medical radiation science, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy and podiatry undertaking any of the following programs:

  • Undergraduate Bachelor degrees;
  •  Graduate Entry Masters; and
  •  The Australian Registered Nurse/Midwife Training Programs.

Students studying these programs have student registration requirements under national legislation governing registration in health professions. Legislation requires students enrolled in these programs to have student registration with the relevant National Registration Board. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) manages registration for all of these boards.

FAQs about student registration

Medical fitness requirements under the legislation

Under the legislation, the University and individual health professionals (which includes University staff who are health professionals) are required to notify the board if they consider a student to have an impairment that may put the public at substantial risk of harm.  The University has processes in place to fairly handle this situation. These are outlined in the Assessment Policies and Procedures Manual (APPM), under 'Practice-based learning'. 

The final decision about "medical fitness" of a person is taken by the registration board, not the University. One of the options the registration boards can exercise under the legislation is to provide student registration, but with specific limitations. In situations where a medical fitness issue has caused the board to refuse student registration, the University will discuss the options available with the student in question. Options may include transferring to a program with no student registration requirements.

Important information regarding student responsibilities

Students have defined rights and responsibilities under the legislation. It is important that students are aware of the content of the legislation and their rights and responsibilities. For example, students have a mandatory responsibility (clause 131 of the legislation) to notify their board if they:

  • Have been charged with an offence, or convicted or have been found guilty of an offence punishable by 12 months imprisonment or more;
  •  Have had their registration suspended or cancelled under the law of another country that provides for the registration of students.

Students must keep the University informed of any change in relation to their registration status. This includes refusal of initial registration, removal of registration or limitations imposed on registration. Notification of any of these events should be made to your Program Director. 

Professional registration on graduation

Final year students must monitor the relevant national board website for details about graduate registration. National boards invite students to pre-register for graduate registration 4-6 weeks before they are due to complete their program. The University's responsibility for graduate registration is limited to providing a report to AHPRA detailing students who have met all the requirements of their program, and are therefore eligible to graduate. Students must ensure they complete all the graduation requirements requested of them by Campus Central - for example, confirming the name on their parchment.  The report to AHPRA is generated only when all this information is received from the student.

Once the report is provided to AHPRA, registration cannot be confirmed by AHPRA until all the requirements of eligibility for professional registration are met - for example, the English language standard. The University plays no part in this process.

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