Our team have received a large number of enquiries asking for clarification about the Recency of Practice standard and how Medical Practitioners are able to meet these requirements. So, we thought, what better way to keep you all informed than putting together a blog?!
This is just a quick overview of AHPRA’s Recency of Practice requirements and tips for what you can do if you have a larger gap in practice. If you have specific questions or you need help, pop us through an email!
Let’s get started….
AHPRA’s registration standard sets out the Medical Board of Australia’s minimum requirements for recency of practice for medical practitioners.
It all comes down to practicing safely. The longer you are away from clinical practice, the higher the risk for developing clinical skills gaps.
These requirements hold you accountable for your professional and ethical responsibilities to ensure that you recognise and are working within the limits of your own competence and maintaining adequate knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care.
In order to meet AHPRA’s requirements, you must practise within your scope of practice at any time for a minimum total of:
Full-time equivalent is 38 hours per week. The maximum number of hours that can be counted per week is 38 hours.
Medical practitioners who work part-time must complete the same minimum number of hours of practice – this can be completed part-time.
Please keep in mind: Meeting AHPRA’s minimum requirements for recency of practice doesn’t automatically satisfy your professional and ethical responsibilities to ensure that you recognise and work within the limits of your competence and maintain adequate knowledge and skills to provide safe and effective care.
Technically yes, however there are specific provisions for this.
The definition of practice is broad and includes both clinical practice and non-clinical roles in medicine. You can meet the recency of practice standard by working in certain scopes of non-clinical practice.
Depending on the amount of clinical experience you have as a registered medical practitioner returning to practice, there are requirements you will need to meet. For example:
2 years clinical practice:
Less than 2 years clinical practice:
The National Law establishes possible consequences if you don’t meet this standard, including that:
Please keep in mind: If you want to continue to practise and you don’t meet this standard, you will need to provide information to help the Board decide whether you are able to continue to practise.
Our team can help with providing further information, career counselling sessions to go through your personal situation in detail, or document preparation services such as:
If you have any questions, call our team on 07 3503 1444. We’re happy to help you understand how the Recency of Practice Standards will affect you.