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 dentistry must make an application for general registration and are required to return some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application.
Dental Board of Australia Chair, Dr John Lockwood AM, said graduates of approved programs of study must also meet the National Board’s registration requirements to be a registered dental practitioner.
Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
‘Graduates need to be a registered dental practitioner before they can start practising,’ Dr Lockwood 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.
‘Graduates wishing to apply for registration in more than one division of the profession, such as a dental therapist and a dental hygienist, are also urged to apply early using the appropriate streamlined graduate application form.’
There are five simple steps to registration for graduates: