From 1 July 2010 practitioners of the Nursing and Midwifery professions across Australia have to meet the same requirements to be registered and their registration will be recognised nationally. Further information can be found at www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au.
The new single national registration and accreditation scheme recognises the importance of ongoing professional development in quality patient care. As of July 2010, nurses and midwives will be required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) annually as a mandatory requirement to maintain registration. These points are counted from your registration date each year.
Evidence of completing the required CPD should be kept for three years in case you are selected for audit. The evidence of CPD should be in the form of a document including dates, a brief description of the outcomes, and the number of hours spent in each activity. Attendance at all our courses includes a certificate which lists these details and thus fulfils the evidence requirements.
All of our courses are endorsed by APEC number 080806016 as authorised by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA)
Attendance attracts between 6 and 25 RCNA Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) points as part of the RCNA’s Life Long learning Program (3LP). Each CNE point is equivalent to 1 hour of active learning and thus 1 hour of CPD.
Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme
Can’t get away to do your Professional Development Training?
Apply to the Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme for someone to fill in for you while you are away.
The Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS) has been established by the Australian Government to support nurses, midwives and eligible allied health professionals, including physiotherapists, in rural and regional Australia to get away to do the professional development training they need to continue their vital work.
NAHRLS will find you and your workplace a suitable locum for the period you are away. The scheme supports all locum recruitment, travel and accommodation costs. Organisations can also apply for locum support for their staff. First round applications are now open and you can apply online at www.nahrls.com.au.
NAHRLS also offers great incentives for those health professionals interested in working as a locum in rural Australia. Visit www.nahrls.com.au. for more information.