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Registration deadline nears

Two thirds of Australia’s nurses and midwives due to renew registration.

Nurses and midwives who have yet to renew their registration, which is due May 31, are being urged to do so on time or risk not being able to practise.

Nurses and midwives due to renew their registration by the end of this month number 85,083 in Victoria, 58,649 in NSW, 29,289 in South Australia, 20,431 in Western Australia, 4669 in Queensland, 3260 in Northern Territory, 1385 in Tasmania and 457 in ACT.

People can check their registration expiry date on the National Registers of Nurses and Midwives, published online at www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au., with the best way to search being by name and profession.

Board Chair Anne Copeland said in a statement AHPRA was implementing an intensive communication campaign to support the renewal process. This included sending reminder emails and letters to individual nurses and midwives.

Nurses and midwives whose registrations expire on May 31 will renew for 12 months and their registration will be valid until May 31, 2012. From 2012, the renewal date for all nurses and midwives in Australia will be aligned and registration renewal will be due by May 31 each year.

Under the National Law, nurses and midwives who do not renew registration within one month of their registration expiry date must be removed from the National Registers of Nurses and Midwives.

Their registration will lapse and they will not be able to practise their profession in Australia until a new application for registration is approved.

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