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.
Graduates of pharmacy study must make an application for provisional registration and are required to return some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application. An application for approval of supervised practice must also be sent to AHPRA and approved by the Pharmacy Board of Australia before supervised practice can be started.
Pharmacy Board of Australia Chair Stephen Marty said graduates of approved programs of study must make an application for provisional registration to undertake a Board approved period of supervised practice in order to be eligible for general registration in Australia.
‘The Board must approve the period of supervised practice before it is started, and an application must also be lodged for this to occur,’ Mr Marty said.
‘Graduates who do not send a completed application for approval of supervised practice when they apply for provisional registration may experience delays in commencing their supervised practice (internship).’
Graduates must also meet the National Board’s registration requirements to be a registered pharmacist. Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
‘Graduates need to be a registered pharmacist before they can start practising,’ Mr Marty 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: