For those who are already Nurses in Australia, you would be aware that Australia formerly used a system of Independent Registration for each State or Territory.
All this has changed as of 1st July 2010, when the first national registration and accreditation system came into effect throughout Australia.
The Council of Australian Governments has signed off on an Intergovernmental Agreement on the Australian health workforce, which includes the following ten health professions: chiropractors; dental care practitioners; medical practitioners; nurses and midwives; optometrists; osteopaths; pharmacists; physiotherapists; podiatrists; and psychologists.
This means that registration will be valid Australia wide, and a single Nursing & Midwifery Board will function to oversee the following:
- Registration of nursing and midwifery practitioners;
- Development of nursing and midwifery profession standards;
- Handling of notifications and complaints in relation to the profession; and
- Assessment of overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia.
More information can be found on the National Registration for Nurses post.