Recency of practice

To ensure that they are able to practise competently and safely, registered health practitioners must have recent practice in the fields in which they intend to work and maintain an adequate connection with their profession.

The specific requirements for recency depend on the profession, the level of experience of the practitioner and, if applicable, the length of absence from the field.

Revised recency of practice registration standards have recently been approved for the chiropractic, dental, medical, medical radiation practice, nursing and midwifery, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology boards all. See further details in the related news item.

These new standards were developed after a review of the existing standards, which included public consultation. The consultation report provides an overview of the consultation process, rationale for any changes and sets out the proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned.

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
Consultation report on recency of practice PDF (109KB) Word version 
30 October 2015

Additional resources

Document name PDF Accessible format Document date
Letter from Ministerial Council approving the new standards PDF (129KB)   7 September 2015
Common FAQs for recency of practice PDF (37.6KB) Word version 
30 October 2015

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