15 Sep 2020
In your final year of an approved program of study and excited about starting work as a Chinese medicine practitioner?
Before you can start practising and using a protected ‘Chinese medicine practitioner’ title, you first must be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (the Board).
Online registration for graduate applications is open from mid-September and you can submit your application up to three months before you expect to complete your course.
Protected titles are:
Only people registered with the Board can use these protected titles. They reflect the division of Chinese medicine practice that a practitioner is qualified in. When applying for registration you need to apply for the division/s relevant to your practice.
Once we’ve received your graduate results from your education provider and we are satisfied that you have met all the requirements for registration, we will finalise your application.
When you are registered, we will publish your name to the online national register of practitioners, and you can start working as a Chinese medicine practitioner!
You’ll find advice on how to apply as well as tips for avoiding common causes of delay on the Graduate applications page on the Ahpra website.
Check out Ahpra’s new video and accompanying information flyers all designed to help you when applying for registration.
When you apply for registration, your application is carefully assessed against the Board’s requirements for registration.
For graduate registration as a Chinese medicine practitioner, you need to prove that you meet the following standards:
We will also ask you to disclose any criminal history and to declare whether you have any health impairments that may affect your ability to practise.
We cannot register you until we are satisfied that you meet the standards for registration and are suitably trained and qualified.
You can also check out the Board’s video for graduating students which introduces you to the Board, outlines the standards that must be met to become registered and the professional standards expected of the profession in order to stay registered.
It’s important that you provide correctly certified photo ID documents with your application. We need to meet the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission’s requirements for photo ID checks.
The wording they require is very specific and may look different to wording you’ve seen before, so double check you’ve got the wording right before submitting your application. Incorrectly certified documents will cause delay.
Get your photographic identity documents signed by an authorised offer and make sure they use the correct wording:
‘I certify that this is a true copy of the original and the photograph is a true likeness of the person presenting the document as sighted by me.’
To get it right the first time download the guide Certifying Documents: Instructions for applicants and authorised officers and from our website and take it with you to the authorised officer.
The guide includes a full list of professionals in addition to JPs, that are authorised to certify photographic ID documents. These include various registered health professions, public servants, teachers, lecturers and members of the legal profession.
We can’t finalise your application until we receive your graduate results from your education provider.
If you’ve submitted everything you need to prove you’ve met the requirements for registration, we aim to finalise your application within two weeks of receiving your graduate results.
We recommend that you submit your application before you graduate so that it’s ready to finalise when we receive your results.
You must apply for registration using the relevant application for registration form available on the Forms page of the Board’s website.
For registration enquiries or difficulties in accessing the online application form: 1300 419 495 (within Australia)
For media enquiries: (03) 8708 9200