13 Oct 2014
Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website smooths the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course. All applicants are required to return some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application.
Occupational Therapy Board of Australia Chair, Dr Mary Russell, said graduates who intended practising under the protected title of ‘occupational therapist’ must make an application for general registration.
Graduates of approved programs of study must also meet the National Board’s registration requirements, as detailed on its website, to be a registered occupational therapist.
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
‘Graduates need to be a registered occupational therapist before they can start practising,’ Dr Russell said.
‘To assist with the processing of their application, it’s important that graduates post supporting documents to AHPRA as soon as possible after applying online.’
There are five simple steps to registration for graduates: