Becoming a health practitioner – registering with AHPRA

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has recommended that students who are about to graduate as health practitioners apply for registration 4-6 weeks before finishing your course. For many students, that is NOW!!!

AHPRA says that for students who are about to graduate from an approved program of study, there are 5 steps to becoming eligible to practise as a health practitioner:

Step 1 – apply for registration 4-6 weeks before completing your course
Step 2 – Fill out an online application or download an application form and send it to AHPRA
Step 3 – Your education provider will advise AHPRA whether you are eligible to graduate
Step 4 – AHPRA finalises the assessment, confirms your registration, and sends out your certificate of registration
Step 5 – New graduates are eligible to start work as soon as their name is published on the national register

How much will it cost to register? That depends on which health profession you are registering for. AHPRA recently announced that some professions will have their registration fees increased this year, some will remain the same, and some will be reduced. The following information pertains to fees for general registration, and there may also be a small fee to register for the first time.

Professions which have limited fee increases in line with the national CPI:

1.   Dentistry

  • $610 for dentists and specialists
  • $542 for dental prosthetist
  • $301 for dental hygienists and therapists
  • Registration period of 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016 (Renewal from 9 September 2015)

2.   Medicine

  • $724
  • Registration period of 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016 (Renewal from 22 July 2015)

3.   PharmAHPRA health practitioner registration feesacy

  • $320
  • Registration period of 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016 (Renewal from 9 September 2015)

4.   Psychology

  • $436
  • NSW fee is $334
  • Registration period of 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016 (Renewal from 9 September 2015)

Professions which have frozen their registration fee:

1.   Nursing & Midwifery

  • $150
  • Registration period of 2015-2016 (Applies to the next registration renewal period due by 31 May 2016)
  • Registrants who hold both nursing and midwifery registration only pay one registration fee, not two

Professions which have reduced fees:

1.   Medical Radiation

  • $180
  • NSW fee is $160
  • Registration period of 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016 (Renewal from 9 September 2015)

2.   Occupational Therapy

  • $130
  • NSW fee is $120
  • Registration period of 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016 (Renewal from 9 September 2015)

3.   Optometry

  • $325
  • Registration period of 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016 (Renewal from 9 September 2015)

4.   Physiotherapy

  • $120
  • Fee for NSW physiotherapists will be announced on the Board’s website.
  • Registration period of 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016 (Renewal from 9 September 2015)

5.   Podiatry

  • $378
  • NSW fee is $430
  • Registration period of 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016 (Renewal from 9 September 2015)

More articles on My Health Career:

Image: PourquoiPas – pixabay

Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email

Speak Your Mind

*