Welcome to the second newsletter of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the National Board). This edition of the National Board newsletter provides an update on important topics including the English language standard, supervised practice, continuing professional development and mandatory notifications.
Since the Board first met in July 2012, registration standards, codes and guidelines have been developed for all medical radiation practitioners, 13,508 medical radiation practitioners have become registered in the one national scheme, a public register is available to check registrations, and a notifications (complaints) process has been established. High on the agenda this year will be working with the Board’s Accreditation Committee and developing supervised practice arrangements for 2014 and beyond.
We welcome feedback and input into these processes, including through the public consultation processes held as part of the development of every new standard.
Chair, Medical Radiation Board of Australia
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Table: Medical radiation practitioners: registration numbers by division by state and territory (December 2012)
* stands for ‘no principal place of practice’
NB: 163 registrants are non-practising
Medical radiation practitioners who had not renewed their general or non-practising registration by 30 November 2012 were removed from the Register of Medical Radiation Practitioners as of 3 January 2013. Medical radiation practitioners with lapsed registration are not on the national register of practitioners, and are therefore not able to practise.
From 1 February 2013 onwards you will need to lodge a new application for registration. Processing times for new applications depend on many factors, including whether the documentation you submit is complete and whether you make disclosures relating to health or criminal history. An application fee and registration fee apply.
You may not practise in Australia until your registration has been successfully processed and your name has been published on the national register of practitioners on the AHPRA website.
If you were previously registered but failed to apply for renewal of registration by 30 November 2012, or within the following one-month late period, please visit the Board’s website for more information on the relevant forms and fees.
Because some medical radiation practitioners transitioned to the National Scheme from state and territory boards with different renewal cycles, it will not be until 30 November 2013 that all in the profession have the same annual renewal date.
For the coming year, the renewal dates for medical radiation practitioners will be:
Practitioners who have nominated Tasmania as their principal place of practice should look out for reminders to renew from AHPRA as confirmation that online renewal is open. Reminders to renew are sent six to eight weeks before registration expires. Further information about renewals is available on the National Board's website.
An internationally qualified applicant or an applicant who did not complete their secondary education in English must demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills for registration purposes. Under the Board’s mandatory English language skills registration standard all applicants for initial registration must demonstrate English language skills at International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic level 7 or the equivalent. For full details, and a list of exemptions, read the English language skills registration standard on the Registration standards section of the Board’s website.
In September 2012 the Board approved a new timeline for 2012 graduates to meet the English language skills registration requirements. These arrangements remain in place for mid-year 2013 graduates.
The arrangements for applicants who do not meet English language requirements mean that:
Subsequent cohorts of graduates will be expected to meet the requirements when they apply for registration at the time of graduation.
Medical radiation practitioners whose current registration specifies a period of supervised practice are required to participate in either the Australian Institute of Radiography's (AIR’s) supervised practice program for diagnostic radiographers or radiation therapists, or the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine’s (ANZSNM’s) supervised practice program for nuclear medicine scientists, in 2013.
For more information on the 2013 supervised practice program for diagnostic radiographers and radiation therapists, contact AIR on (03) 9419 3336.
Nuclear medicine technologists/scientists should contact ANZSNM on (03) 9756 0128 for more information.
The Board continues to work on its supervised practice arrangements for 2014 and beyond. A public consultation on the draft supervised practice standard and provisional registration guidelines is underway. The consultation papers can be found on the Board’s website under News>Consultations.
The closing date for submissions is 12 noon, 28 March 2013 (AEDT). The Board welcomes your input.
The Board’s Accreditation Committee has now been established. Chaired by Associate Professor Marilyn Baird, the committee has representation from academia, accreditation experts and the three streams of the profession: diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and nuclear medicine.
The committee will make independent recommendations to the Board regarding accreditation of programs of study. It will assess and monitor these programs of study against approved accreditation standards currently being developed.
To comply with the Board’s registration requirements, practitioners can undertake self-directed CPD or participate in an approved CPD program.
Practitioners must ensure that their self-directed CPD program is:
The Board has published a template logbook for registrants to record their CPD activities. It can be found under Continuing professional development on the Registration section of the Board’s website.
The template can be downloaded and saved on your computer to maintain your records.
The following providers of continuing professional development programs are approved by the Board:
The list will be updated as required under Continuing professional development on the Registration section of the Board’s website.
The National Boards’ and AHPRA’s commitment to transparency and accountability continues, with an expansion of the information published about legal issues and hearing decisions.
AHPRA has now published a table of panel hearing decisions dating back to July 2010. Summaries have been provided where there is educational and clinical value. Practitioners’ names are not published, consistent with the requirements of the National Law.
Some summaries of tribunal decisions are also provided, to help share information and guide practitioners.