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New international criminal history checks in place

Public protection and patient safety are the drivers behind a new procedure for checking international criminal history.

The approach, first announced by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA) in November last year, requires certain applicants and practitioners to apply for an international criminal history check from an AHPRA approved supplier.

“We’re aiming to make sure that we have strong focus on patient and public safety, while making sure that we balance the requirements that we’re putting on applicants for registration to undertake an international criminal history check,” chief executive of AHPRA Martin Fletcher told Nursing Review.

Listen below for more information from Fletcher about the new approach and what it means for registered practitioners.

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