The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia) Act 2010 requires students admitted to approved courses, or enrolled in specific topics, with a clinical training component, to be registered with the relevant national board via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

The University and each student has specific obligations to ensure that the public are protected from substantial risk of harm while clinical training occurs. 

It is important that you understand some key aspects of the Act and how they place obligations both on you as a student and on the University.

 

What is AHPRA?

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the organisation responsible for implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia.   AHPRA supports ten National Health Practitioner Boards who have the power to register students in approved courses.

 

Which health professions have a National Board?

Each health profession that is part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme is represented by a National Board. The National Boards cover:

  • chiropractors
  • dental practitioners
  • medical practitioners
  • nurses and midwives
  • occupational therapist
  • optometrists
  • osteopaths
  • pharmacists
  • physiotherapists
  • podiatrists
  • psychologists 

The primary role of the boards is to protect the public, and, among other functions, to register health practitioners and students.


Do I need to be registered?

Yes, if any part of your course or topic requires you to complete clinical training where you will come in contact with the public.  You will be registered from the first year of your course, except in Psychology. 

Undergraduate Psychology students are not required to register with the Psychology Board of Australia. At Flinders, postgraduate Psychology students must apply for provisional registration at the beginning of either the Master of Psychology (Clinical) or the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology).

 

How do I register?

As a student you do not need to do anything in order to become registered with the relevant National Board.  The University is working with AHPRA to register students who are enrolled in an approved course. The register is confidential and your details will not be publicly available.

There may be a fee to be registered depending on your degree, you should check with AHPRA.

When you complete your studies or cease to be enrolled in a relevant course, the University is obliged to notify the National Board of this.

 

Which courses and topics does registration apply to?

The Flinders University courses and topics that registration applies to are:

  • Bachelor of Clinical Sciences,Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery / Doctor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry) / Doctor of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Midwifery (Post Registration)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery (Pre-registration)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Post Registration)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Re-entry)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Registered Midwife)
  • Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
  • Master of Physiotherapy
  • Master of Remote Health Practice: Nurse Practitioner
  • MMED8399 Third Year Medicine (Auditing)
  • MMED9101 Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • MMED9102 Pharmacology for Advanced Professional Practice

and provisional registration requirements apply to:

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

If you are not enrolled in an approved course but are undertaking a clinical placement or training where you do not hold registration in that profession, Flinders University is required to notify the relevant National Board in order that you are registered as a student.

 

What are my obligations?

Section 130 of the Act requires you to notify the relevant National Board (via the local AHPRA office), in writing, within seven (7) days of the following events:

  • being charged with an offence punishable by 12 months imprisonment or more; or
  • being convicted of or the subject of a finding of guilty for an offence punishable by imprisonment; or
  • the suspension or cancellation of your registration under the law of another country that provides for the registration of students.

If you believe you have a mental or physical impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm when you are on clinical placement/training, please discuss your circumstances with your course coordinator.  You may also discuss your situation and gain support from one of the University's Disability Advisors, if you wish.

If you do not currently have an impairment but your health status changes in the future to the extent that you may place the public at substantial risk of harm when you are on clinical placement/training, you must discuss this with your course coordinator.

 

What are the University's obligations?

Under Section 143 of the Act , the University is obliged to notify AHPRA if it reasonably believes that you have an impairment that, in the course of undertaking clinical training as part of your program of study, may place the public at substantial risk of harm.  'Impairment' in this context is defined as a physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder (including substance abuse or dependence) that detrimentally affects or is likely to detrimentally affect your capacity to undertake clinical training.

Where a health-related notification is received by AHPRA about you, you may be subject to a health assessment by the relevant National Board to ensure that appropriate action is taken, if required, to protect the public.

 

Can someone else make a voluntary notification about me?

Under Section 145 of the Act , the University or any other entity may notify AHPRA if:

  • you been charged with an offence, or have been convicted or found guilty of an offence, that is punishable by 12 months imprisonment or more; or
  • you have or may have an impairment; or
  • you have or may have contravened a condition of your registration or an undertaking given by you to a National Board. 

 

Who can I contact to discuss issues about my registration?

Course/Topic Contact

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Graduate Entry) and
MMED8399 Third Year Medicine (Auditing)

Tim Neild
Email: tim.neild@flinders.edu.au 
Phone: 08 8204 5304
Bachelor of Midwifery (Post Registration)
Bachelor of Midwifery (Pre-registration)
Ms Kristen Graham
Email: kristen.graham@flinders.edu.au
Phone: 08 8201 3918
Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)
Bachelor of Nursing (Post Registration)
Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-registration)
Bachelor of Nursing (Re-entry)
Bachelor of Nursing (Registered Midwife)
Ms Jan Thompson
Email: jan.thompson@flinders.edu.au 
Phone: 08 8201 3455
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Dr Julian Grant
Email: julian.grant@flinders.edu.au 
Phone: 08 8201 2126

Master of Nursing

Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Dr Julian Grant
Email: julian.grant@flinders.edu.au  
Phone: 08 8201 2126
Master of Occupational Therapy Dr Brenton Kortman
Email:brenton.kortman@flinders.edu.au
Phone:(08) 7221 8287
Master of Physiotherapy Professor Sheila Fraser
Email: sheila.lennon@flinders.edu.au  
Phone: 08 7221 8284
Master of Psychology (Clinical) Associate Professor Reg Nixon
Email: reg.nixon@flinders.edu.au
Phone: 08 8201 2748
Master of Remote Health Practice: Nurse Practitioner Ms Kristen Graham
Email: kristen.graham@flinders.edu.au
Phone: 08 8201 3918
Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Associate Professor Reg Nixon
Email: reg.nixon@flinders.edu.au 
Phone: 08 8201 2748
MMED9110 Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
MMED9111 Pharmacology for Advanced Professional Practice
Prof Kathie Knights
Email: kathie.knights@flinders.edu.au
Phone: 08 8204 4331

Alternatively, where required, contact the Disability Advisors at Health, Counselling and Disability Services on 08 8201 2118

 

Will I be issued with a student registration number?

You will not receive a registration number, certificate of registration or any form of confirmation of student registration from AHPRA.  The student register is not a public record and Health services seeking proof of your registration will need to contact the University to verify if you are registered.

When you have graduated you may apply to AHPRA for registration as a practitioner in your profession.

 

I need a Nursing Student Registration number for the SA Health Transition to Professional Practice (TPPP) for Professional Nurses, what do I do?

Students are not required to provide a student registration number when applying for the TPPP.  Details on how to complete the mandatory 'Nursing Student Registration' section of the TPPP Application form without a Registration Number are provided on the SA Health site.

 

Where can I get more information?

Contact:

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Level 8, 121 King William Street
Adelaide,  SA   5000

Phone: 1300 419 495 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

Postal Address: AHPRA, GPO Box 9958, Adelaide   SA  5001

or

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website