In April 2020, Ahpra and National Boards established a short-term pandemic response sub-register for up to 12 months (or less if the pandemic subsides) to help with fast tracking the return to the workforce of experienced and qualified health practitioners.
The sub-register operated on an opt-out basis with eligible practitioners added to the pandemic sub-register automatically. There was no obligation for anyone added to the sub-register to practise or remain on it. Only those who are properly qualified, competent and suitable should be on the register.
Practitioners who choose to stay on the pandemic sub-register and go back to work, must comply with their profession’s Code of conduct, professional indemnity insurance requirements and work within their scope of practice. After 12 months, they will be removed from the sub-register. Ahpra is developing a process for practitioners on the sub-register to be able to apply for ongoing registration. We expect for further information to be published by January 2021 on how to apply.
As of 22 October 2020, there are 34,821 doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, diagnostic radiographers, physiotherapists, psychologists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners on the pandemic response sub-register.
We expect individuals to tell us under section 130 of the National Law, within seven days of becoming aware of a relevant event or change in status in relation to the events outline in the NOCE-00 form.