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National Registration - Fees and Forms
Posted 23rd February 2012

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National Registration – Fees and Forms

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, (AHPRA) has just publicised the fees for registration for Medical Radiation practitioners joining the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme) in July 2012.  From 1 July 2012, this profession must be registered with their National Board to practise anywhere in Australia.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Chief Executive Officer Martin Fletcher has urged practitioners working in states and territories where their profession is currently not regulated to submit their application for registration to AHPRA by 30 March 2012 to allow enough time for assessment and registration to occur.

“AHPRA is expecting a large number of applications from practitioners who will not automatically transfer into the National Scheme,” Mr Fletcher said.

“It is vital that these practitioners study their profession’s registration requirements closely and provide AHPRA with all essential documents to avoid any unnecessary delays in having their application assessed by 1 July 2012.”

With this statement in mind the AIR has already reviewed the application form and has reported to AHPRA a major problem confronting an error in the form where question 18 directs people who have practised to go to Q20 which is a question asking for the date of their IELTS exam.  We believe that AHPRA intended for people to go to Q22.

The AIR has asked AHPRA for clarification and was informed that this is a typographical error and they will withdraw the form and correct.  This has now been done.

We have received questions with respect to this issue and would ask all members to ensure that you tell everyone that this problem has been corrected.

Further information can be found via the following link to the AHPRA website:

http://www.medicalradiationpracticeboard.gov.au/Registration.aspx

Service Quality and Patient Safety Paramount in Rural and Remote Radiography
Posted 13th February 2012

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For Immediate Release

Service Quality and Patient Safety Paramount in Rural and Remote Radiography

The Australian Institute of Radiography’s (AIR) Rural and Remote Practitioners Advisory Panel (RRPAP) has watched the recent media discussion surrounding the use of Limited Licence Nurse Remote X-ray Operators at Lorne in Victoria with great concern.

This is not a new debate and a limited range of radiographic examinations are performed by non-radiographers in all Australian States in rural and remote locations when or where no radiographer is available. While the AIR is supportive of the general concept of limited licence radiography in relatively under-served locations, to save patients having to travel for minor imaging examinations; legitimate concerns have existed for some time about the quality of radiographic images produced by limited licensees.

Risks associated with poor quality radiography include missed pathology and consequent misdiagnosis, unnecessary exposure to x-radiation due to examinations having to be repeated, and disillusionment among the rural radiographer workforce, making recruitment and retention more difficult than it already is. There is a reasonable argument that rural and remote residents should receive the same standard of service as people who live in the city. However, this does not appear to be the case in Lorne or in other locations where radiography is performed by non-radiographers.

The members of AIR’s RRPAP work closely with rural and remote nurses and general practitioners, as do all rural radiographers. The dedication and hard work of these rural and remote health professionals is recognised. However, it must also be acknowledged that substitution of one health professional for another carries certain risks and should not be undertaken lightly. In the case in point, at Lorne, it appears that little thought has been given to the inherent risks.

Limited licence radiography in Australia has a long history of inadequate training, a lack of quality assurance and a failure of the relevant authorities to put in place appropriate governance. The AIR calls upon the Victorian Government, as well as all other State governments, to address this issue, with the aim of working with stakeholders to put in place a national standard for limited licence radiography education and practice in the interest of the best possible service quality and patient safety.

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