Health Professions that are nationally regulated by a corresponding National Board include:
The National Boards
In partnership with AHPRA, the National Boards for each respective Profession set the registration standards that practitioners must meet in order to register.
Once registered, practitioners must continue to meet the standards and renew their registration yearly with the National Board.
For more information on Registration eligibility and the different categories of Registration please see The Health Practitioner National Law Act 2009:
• General Registration: Part 7, Registration of Health Practitioners, Division 1, pp 72-74
• Specialist Registration: Part 7, Registration of Health Practitioners: Division 2, pp 75-77
• Provisional Registration: Part 7, Registration of Health Practitioners: Division 3, pp 78-79
• Limited Registration: Part 7, Registration of Health Practitioners: Division 4, pp 80-83
• Non-Practising Registration: Part 7, Registration of Health Practitioners: Division 5, pp 83-85
The Health Practitioner National Law Act 2009 is a detailed framework and reference point for what Registration will look like for Naturopaths and Western Herbal Medicine Practitioners.
All Australian States and Territories have enacted the National Law.
For Practitioners whose training does not fulfill the minimum requirement for Registration eligibility, a Grandparenting arrangement (a provision by which an exemption may be granted according to a set period of time) will likely be granted for those who have been in practise for a consecutive period of 5 years or for any periods which together amount to 5 years.
In the interests of facilitating the change and for those whose qualifications are deemed insufficient, transitional agreements (rather like a period of grace) will likely be afforded for Practitioners to participate in and complete further studies in order to fulfil the National Standard of Qualification.
After this period of transition, the minimum training and qualifications level set by the Board for entry into the Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine professions will become a prerequisite for Registration eligibility.
Jon Wardle, in his article The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme: what would inclusion mean for naturopathy and Western herbal medicine? Part I: The legislation (Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism 2010 22(4) p117), states that the focus of regulation will be on reaching these standards over a period of time rather than imposing them arbitrarily, and education providers and practitioners will be given an appropriate amount of time to meet these new standards.