14 Oct 2016
Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
Graduates must meet the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia’s (the Board) registration requirements to be a registered Chinese medicine practitioner and to practise.
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
Students must select the division or divisions of the profession in which they will practise when making an application for general registration as a Chinese medicine practitioner. The divisions of registration are: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese herbal dispensing.
The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website helps to smooth the path from study to work by enabling students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course.
All applicants must send some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application. AHPRA sends applicants a Next steps checklist email to help with this step after an online application is received. If supporting documents are not supplied within 30 days of when a graduate applies online their application may be withdrawn.
Graduates are encouraged to find out how to use the online graduate application service by accessing the information on the AHPRA website under Graduate applications.
There are three simple steps to registration for graduates:
A student’s application for registration is assessed while AHPRA waits for the education provider to advise that the student is eligible to graduate. AHPRA contacts the student if more information is needed and/or to confirm that registration has been granted.
New graduates registered with the Board are eligible to start work as soon as their name is published on the national register of practitioners.