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Registration, credentialing and professional associations in allied health

Credentialing

Authenticating Allied Health Professionals Credentials Policy including Access Appointments

The Policy Directive Authenticating Allied Health Professionals Credentials Policy including Access Appointments (PDF 1MB) is a policy update to include a process for documenting Access Appointments and the entering of allied health professional credentialing information onto the Credentialing and Scope of Clinical Practice System (CSCPS) database. The Policy outlines the minimum requirements to credential allied health professionals across SA Health.

National allied health organisations:

Registration and accreditation schemes

As of 2015, there are fourteen regulated health professions across Australia that formed part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the South Australian statutory authority.  

A summary below describes the registration boards and professional associations for each of the AHP streams in South Australia: 

Art and music therapy

Art and music therapy are not registered professions in South Australia. For further information see Australian Music Therapy Association or Australian and New Zealand Art Therapy Association.

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Audiology

Audiology is not a registered profession in any state or territory in Australia. Audiologists wishing to practise in South Australia must have tertiary level qualifications providing eligibility for provisional or full membership of The Audiological Society of Australia.

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Dietetics and nutrition

Individuals wishing to practise as a dietician in South Australia are required to possess a tertiary degree in dietetics, providing eligibility for practicing membership to Dietetics Association Australia.

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Exercise physiology

Exercise physiology is not a registered profession in South Australia. For further information see Exercise and Sports Science Australia.

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Medical radiations

Individuals working as medical radiation practitioners (diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy) must be registered with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.  Medical Radiation Practitioners in South Australia who operate ionising radiation apparatus are also required by the Environment Protection Authority to hold a radiation licence. The Australian Institute of Radiography is the national professional association for diagnostic radiography, radiation therapy and sonographers. Nuclear medicine technologists are represented by the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine.

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Medical science

Medical science is not a registered profession in South Australia. For further information see Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

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Occupational therapy

Individuals wishing to practise as a occupational therapist in South Australia must be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

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Optometry

Individuals wishing to practise optometry in South Australia are required to be registered with Optometrists Association Australia.

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Orthotics and prosthetics

Orthotics and prosthetics is not a registered profession in South Australia. Orthotists and prosthetists wishing to practice in South Australia must possess tertiary level qualifications and may be eligible for membership with the Australian Orthotic Prosthetics Association.

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Pharmacy 

Individuals wishing to practice as a pharmacist in Australia are required to be registered with the Pharmacy Board of Australia. Graduates of an approved program of study are required to complete a period of supervised practice to be eligible for general registration.

For further information on provisional and general registration, please visit the Pharmacy Board of Australia.

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Physiotherapy

Individuals wishing to practise as a physiotherapist in South Australia must be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association is the national professional association for physiotherapists in Australia for further information please visit the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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Podiatry

Individuals wishing to practise as a podiatrist in South Australia are required to be registered by the Podiatry Board of Australia. For professional association information visit the Australian Podiatry Association SA.

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Psychology

Individuals wishing to practise as a psychologist in South Australia are required to be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia. For further information about registration requirements, please visit the Psychology Board of Australia. For professional association information visit the Australian Psychological Society and the Psychologists Association.

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Radiation oncology medical physics

Medical Physics is not a registered profession in Australia. For further information see Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine.

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Medical Radiations

Individuals working as a radiographer in South Australia are also required to hold a current radiation safety licence. Medical Radiation Practitioners in South Australia who operate ionising radiation apparatus are also required by the Environment Protection Authority to hold a radiation licence.

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Sonographers

Sonographers must be registered with the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). This will require a Certificate of Proficiency in Ultrasound from the Australian Institute of Radiography (AIR). Sonographers only performing ultrasound duties do not need to be registered with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.

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Social work

Social work is not a registered profession in Australia. Social workers wishing to practise in South Australia must possess tertiary level qualifications (Bachelor or Masters) providing eligibility for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers. For further information, please visit the Australian Association of Social Workers.

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Speech pathology

Individuals wishing to practise as a speech pathologist in South Australia are required to possess a tertiary degree in speech pathology, providing eligibility for practicing membership to Speech Pathology Australia.

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Further information

For further information on registration, credentialing and professional associations, contact the Allied and Scientific Health Office.

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