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 need to be registered with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the Board) before they can start practising.
Students must make an application for provisional or general registration, depending on which course they graduate from. Before applying online, students can confirm which registration type they must apply for by viewing the list of approved programs of study.
Graduates who are eligible for provisional registration are required to undertake a period of supervised practice. Individuals applying for provisional registration should read about the Board’s supervised practice program and note the requirements upon gaining employment.
The Board expects that students who apply for provisional registration will enrol soon after in the Board-approved supervised practice program administered by AHPRA.
When making an application for general or provisional registration, graduates must select the division of the profession in which they intend to practise. Divisions of registration are: diagnostic radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists and radiation therapists.
Graduates must meet the Board’s registration requirements to be a registered medical radiation practitioner.
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
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 If supporting documents are not supplied within 30 days of when a graduate applies online their application may be withdrawn.
A short animated video about the obligations of medical radiation practitioners outlines the standards that must be met to become registered and also the professional standards expected of the profession in order to stay registered. The video and a supporting info graphic are published on the Registration page of the Board’s website.
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.