Filipino UK nurse going to Australia

  1. Hi! I'm a Filipino currently working in UK as a Theatre nurse. I applied for a job in Australia and fortunately I was accepted for the job. My problem now is I don't have Ahpra registration. Anyone who can help me how to go about the registration and have it really fast? i have read in the their website and some threads regarding registration though. I just want to learn it from somebody who knows and has experience. My visa here in UK will be expiring this coming october and i don't want to renew it though my employer wants to renew my contract. thanx!
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  3. by   ceridwyn
    There is a thread full of information, not just for new filipino nurse graduates.

    Here is AHPRA website: I suggest plenty of research of your own. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Home.

    I doubt you will get it 'really fast' but maybe a bit more expedited if you have a letter from an employer saying that they will sponsor a visa for you.

    You are lucky you have been working in the UK, otherwise you would have had to wait even longer for registration, because you would have been required to do a bridging course and IELTS. (which still may be required) if you were educated in the Phllipines - AHPRA requirements change from day to day depending which assessment officer you get.

    Good luck with your Registration with AHPRA.
    Last edit by ceridwyn on Mar 24, '12
  4. by   yerrik
    thanx for the promt reply. honestly right now i am confused if i have to retake ielts. because i have read in the registration standard that:

    [font=book antiqua]english language proficiency test results must have been obtained within two years before applying for registration. an ielts or oet result (or approved equivalent) that is older than two-years may be accepted as current, if accompanied by proof that an applicant:

    has actively maintained continuous practice and/ or employment as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife using english as the primary
    language of practice in any of the recognised countries listed in this registration standard; and/or has been continuously enrolled in a program of study taught and assessed in english and approved by the recognised nursing and/or midwifery regulatory body in any of the countries listed in this registration standard.
    [font=book antiqua]

    my ielts is already expired but i have continued practice here in uk for almost 3 yrs now..

    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Mar 25, '12 : Reason: easier to read
  5. by   ceridwyn
    Somewhere in the IELTS english for nurses with AHPRA, I believe there are one or two documents, there is exemption if you have worked 3 months in the countries that do not need to take IELTS. well there was.
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    Moved to the International forum
  7. by   Australia001

    Once you are ready to send your documents to AHPRA I would suggest sending them to the Darwin office as they are processing them in about 4 - 6 weeks which is a lot quicker than the other states

    G.P.O. Box 9958
    Darwin NT 0801

  8. by   nurse_piglet
    Hi yerrik!

    I saw your post and this was way back 2012, i wanted to know if you have moved to Australia and how was the process? I am a pinay nurse and I am pursuing my nursing profession in the UK soon. On the coming years, I am seeing my self transferring to Australia and settling there for good. I wish to know if do.I still.need to do the bridging course if I have enough nursing experience from.the UK? And I am planning to apply via the skilled independent stream.. So I can arrive as immigrant. Hope to hear your thoughts on this.

  9. by   ceridwyn
    AHPRA had big changes from october 2013. UK nurses that have worked for years and education of that of Diploma only are not being registered by AHPRA and offered the bridging course if they are adult trained. So on that premise it would be a 99% sure thing that that working in the UK gives you out of the bridging program a no.
    AHPRA it seems will only registere nurses on their nursing education, what experience you have had does not matter.

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