Updated on 4 Nov 2019
Who needs to register?
Any person who wishes to practise acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine or offer Chinese herbal dispensing services in Australia using any of the protected titles (i.e. calling themselves) as follows must be registered from 1 July 2012. If a person does not hold registration and uses any of these titles, they risk being in breach of the National Law and the Board may take action:
Chinese medicine practitioner
Chinese herbal medicine practitioner
Oriental medicine practitioner, or
Chinese herbal dispenser
Any person who claims to be qualified to practise Chinese Medicine.
Any person who hold themselves out as a registered Chinese medicine practitioner (acupuncturist, or Chinese herbal medicine practitioner of Chinese herbal dispenser).
Any person who uses any title, name, initial, symbol, word or description that in circumstances would be reasonably understood to mean that they practise Chinese medicine (i.e. acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine or Chinese herbal dispensing).
I do not know if I really need or want to register. What happens if I don't?Collapse
If you do not register, you cannot:
use any of the protected titles as follows:
Chinese medicine practitioner
Chinese herbal medicine practitioner
Chinese herbal dispenser
Oriental medicine practitioner
claim to be qualified to practise in Chinese medicine
hold yourself out as a registered Chinese medicine practitioner (acupuncturist, or Chinese herbal medicine practitioner of Chinese herbal dispenser); or
use any title, name, initial, symbol, word or description that in circumstances would be reasonably understood to mean that you are a Chinese medicine practitioner or a Chinese herbal dispenser.
These restrictions apply to your advertising (in all forms), what you say verbally to patients, what you write on receipts, etc.
It is difficult to practise Chinese medicine without breaching the above restrictions. If we receive a report and obtain evidence that you are breaching the above restrictions, the Board will take action to investigate that may lead to prosecution.
Do I have to register if I only treat family and friends?
The National Law restricts use of title and holding out as being registered. The Board, however, strongly discourages any form of unregistered practice.
If I belong to a professional association do I still need to register with the national board?Collapse
Yes. Belonging to a professional association is a voluntary decision. Holding registration is a legal requirement under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act (the National Law).
Do I have to register if I only perform laser acupuncture?
Yes. There may be multiple methods of performing acupuncture that do not involve skin-penetration. The National Law restricts the use of specific professional titles, including acupuncturist and prohibits claiming to be authorised or qualified to offer acupuncture unless you are registered.
If the word acupuncture is used in the description of the treatment, as in laser acupuncture, and this is conveyed to patients, the practitioner is using a protected title and must be registered under the National Law.
Can I change my mind and re-apply for registration later?
Yes, you can apply for registration at a later date, but you will not be able to practice until you are registered.
You will then need to meet all the Board's registration standards when you re-apply, including criminal history and identity checks, continuing professional development, recency of practice and English language requirements.
As of 4 February 2015, a new process applies for checking criminal history outside of Australia. For more information, please refer to the International criminal history page on the AHPRA website.
I have a holistic health practice and include some ideas from Chinese medicine in my practice. How does the new system affect me?
It depends on whether you:
use any of the protected titles as follows:
Chinese medicine practitioner
Chinese herbal medicine practitioner
Chinese herbal dispenser
Oriental medicine practitioner
claim to be qualified to practise Chinese medicine
hold yourself out as a registered Chinese medicine practitioner (acupuncturist, or Chinese herbal medicine practitioner of Chinese herbal dispenser)
use any title, name, initial, symbol, word or description that in circumstances would be reasonably understood to mean that you are a Chinese medicine practitioner.
If you do any of the above, you must register.
Will there be a list of names that people can check for registered Chinese medicine practitioners?Collapse
Yes - you can check on the public Registers of Practitioners.
If I am registered, will I be able to use the title Doctor?
There has been no change to the law on use of courtesy titles such as Doctor or Professor as a result of passage of the National Law. These are not protected titles under the Law.
It is not the Board's role to advise registered practitioners on whether or not to use such courtesy titles. It should, however, be noted that there is no law that prevents any practitioner from using the title Doctor, as long as they do not mislead the public into believing that they are a registered medical practitioner under the National Law when they are not.
In order to avoid committing such an offence, if a practitioner of Chinese medicine chooses to adopt the title 'Dr' then they should make clear that they are a doctor of Chinese medicine rather than Western medicine whenever they use such a title. It is fair to say that when people use title such as Professor, the general public will assume they are representing the highest level of qualification and experience in the relevant fields.
For registered practitioners considering the use of such titles, words or letters, the Board encourages them to ask themselves the following questions:
Why do I wish to use this title, these words or these letters?
Am I well qualified in the areas of practice that I offer and promote with these words?
Is the basis for my use of title or other words or letters: - relevant to my area of health practice?
If I display/promote my qualifications, perhaps using letters on my card, is it easy to understand?
Is there any risk of people misunderstanding or misinterpreting the words, letters or titles I use?
Even though you are currently appointed as a professor in an Australian university or as a visiting Professor with an overseas or local institution, you should not use this title in a private practice as this is a conflict of interest by using such titles to gain personal benefit.
Can I use my overseas Professor title here?
In Australia and New Zealand, the titles 'Professor' and 'Associate Professor' are used by academics and can only be used by an individual while that person is currently employed by the conferring higher education institution in that role. The right to use the title is extinguished on resignation or retirement from the institution. The exception is an Emeritus Professor who may use that title for life, but the term Emeritus is used in conjunction with the title Professor.
In Australia the use of the title Professor or Associate Professor directly implies that the person is currently employed in that role in an Australian University. Chinese medicine practitioners who hold current 'Visiting Professor, Adjunct Professor, Distinguished Professor or Honorary Professor' status at an institution, should not mislead the public by omitting the word 'Visiting' or 'Honorary' from their use of the title.
It is the practitioner's responsibility to determine whether or not they can fairly carry the title without misleading the public. When using the title 'Professor' in advertising the FULL name of the institution conferring the title should be included in order to fully inform the reader. Should the Board have reservations about an individual's legitimacy in carrying any title, it has the authority to investigate.
Even though you are currently appointed as a professor in an Australian university or as a visiting professor with an overseas or local institution, you should not use this title in a private practice as this is a conflict of interest by using such titles to gain personal benefit.
What is the difference between the title Chinese medicine practitioner and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner?
Both acupuncturists and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners can legally use the title Chinese medicine practitioner. Chinese medicine is considered to include the practices of:
Chinese herbal medicine, and/or
What if I am registered as an acupuncturist but use herbs as an adjunct to my practice? Am I breaching the National Law?
Not necessarily. Manufactured herbal medicines are widely available over the counter in a range of outlets including Asian grocery stores. If as a treating practitioner, however, you advise persons to use certain herbs or herbal preparations, you are professionally accountable for that advice and the Board has jurisdiction over all your conduct and practices.
You must not use the following titles:
Chinese herbal medicine practitioner
any other title, whether in English or any other language, which could be reasonably understood to induce a belief that you are registered as a Chinese herbal medicine practitioner under the National Law;
and must not knowingly or recklessly hold yourself out to be registered or authorised or qualified as a Chinese herbal medicine practitioner.
It is important to note that under section 116(1)(d) of the National Law, you must also not claim to be qualified to practise as a health practitioner in a regulated health profession.
Any signage or other advertising material should make it clear that you are only qualified and registered in the acupuncture division of the Register of Chinese medicine practitioners. Whenever you prescribe and dispense Chinese herbal medicines you should state/explain that you are not a registered Chinese herbal medicine practitioner. This verbal advice should be incorporated into any written advice provided by the practitioner, to the patient, and you should notate the patient record that you provided this information.
If your patient needs or wants treatment from a qualified Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, you should refer them.
It is also worth remembering that some herbs are toxic if used wrongly and the Drugs Poisons and Controlled substances law in each state and territory prohibits the use of some herbal substances for this reason.
Another issue is authentication of herbal medicine and potential interactions between drug and herbs, these are important safety issues associated with herbal medicine practice.
What if I have conditions on my current registration?
Any conditions on your current registration with the Victorian Board will transfer to your new national registration.
Will I be registered for life once I am registered nationally?
No. You must renew your registration annually and pay the annual registration renewal fee.
You will be required to complete and submit an annual renewal form declaring that you meet your relevant registration standards (i.e. CPD, criminal history, PII and recency of practice).
Will registration mean I have access to Medicare?
No, not necessarily. The Board is not involved in determining who has access to Medicare; this is the responsibility of the Commonwealth Government. The Board is only concerned with issues to do with registration and accreditation.
I have previously been disciplined in relation to my Chinese medicine practice. Will this stop me from getting registered?
It depends on your particular situation and circumstances and what has happened since. Each case will be considered individually. The Board expects applicants to be candid about their past. A failure to report previous action taken will be considered serious, even if the underlying conduct was not so serious.
I am going overseas but may return to practise in Australia. Do you recommend registration prior to my departure or on return?
You are not required to be registered if you are not working in Australia but if you want to register prior to departure, then you will be required to pay the registration fee and meet the Board's standards. These standards will also apply on renewal.
If I am registered to practise overseas, for example in Singapore, will this be recognised automatically by the Board?
No. You must meet the Australian requirements.
I have received notification from AHPRA saying that I’ve been registered with conditions. What does this mean and what can I do about it?
The National Law permits conditions to be imposed on a practitioner's registration by a National Board when deciding to register a practitioner. Conditions are imposed when a Board decides it is necessary or desirable in the circumstances. A practitioner must comply with the conditions on their registration and failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
For example, if you do not meet the English Language Skills Registration Standard, you may have a condition imposed.
The Board will advise you if it proposes to impose conditions including the conditions proposed and the reasons for the conditions. You will have an opportunity to make written or oral submissions about the conditions. The Board will then reach a decision on whether or not the conditions should be imposed. If you do not agree with that decision, you will have an opportunity to lodge an appeal.
I applied for registration before 30 September 2012, can I continue to practise while my application is being processed?
Yes, applicants who applied before 30 September 2012 are still covered by the transitional enforcement policy. AHPRA will not take any action against you for practising provided you comply with all notices.
If you are refused registration you must cease to practice.
I applied for registration after 30 September 2012, can I continue to practise while my application is being processed?
No. You may not practise until a decision has been made on your application for registration and you have been advised that registration has been granted.
If I lodged a registration application with the Victorian Board before 1 July 2012 but it has not yet been decided, will I have to reapply with AHPRA?
No. The application will be considered to be an application under the National Law. You may be asked to provide additional information required under the national legislation, but you will not need to reapply.
Why have I been asked to provide further information?
Your application has been assessed by the Registration Committee which has requested further information.
The Committee assesses qualifications and other evidence. Where the evidence you have provided is not adequate, and further evidence is required for you to gain registration, you are given the opportunity to provide this. If you do not respond by the requested date your application will be assessed based on the information we have.
How much is my registration fee?
You will be required to pay a registration fee and, if you are applying for registration for the first time, you will also required to pay an application fee. Fees are tax deductible and GST free.
An application fee is a one-off fee, to cover administrative costs, including activities such as criminal history checks associated with processing a new application.
A registration fee is an annual fee that provides you with registration for your profession for that year.
Full details of the fee structure which includes renewal fees, different fees for different categories of registration and fees for administrative processes i.e change of name can be found on the Fees page.
Please note that if you are required to apply for an international history check from an approved supplier, you will be responsible for the cost of the check. For more information, please refer to the International criminal history page on the AHPRA website.
If I work part-time, can I have a reduction in fees?
No. The registration fee is an annual licensing fee and not a fee for service. Everyone must pay the full fee at the same time every year. It is tax deductible. It is GST free.
What are the qualifications required for registration?
A list of approved programs leading to the qualifications necessary to register as a Chinese medicine practitioner in the divisions of acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine or Chinese herbal dispensing is available on the Accreditation page.
Alternatively you may be required to pass an examination set by the board or a person or body nominated by the board.
It is important to note that you must also meet all the board's requirements for suitability as a person. Suitability takes into consideration:
any impairment that would detrimentally affect your capacity to practise
any unfinished legal proceedings
English language competence
any current suspension or cancellation of registration in any jurisdiction
your recency of practice
whether you can demonstrate the required amount of continuing professional development
whether you have professional indemnity insurance
whether you are a fit and proper person
whether you are able to practise competently and safely and
any other prescribed requirements.
From 4 February 2015 onwards, a new process will apply for checking criminal history outside of Australia. For more information, please refer to the International criminal history page on the AHPRA website.
New applicants for registration must provide sufficient evidence of their identity. To see the requirements relating to proof of identity please see the application for registration form.
What is an approved qualification accepted by the Board for registration?
Where a person has graduated from an approved program of study the Board has the power to register that person without requiring them to sit an examination or undertake further study.
To receive approval from the Board, a program must provide a level of educational effectiveness, integrity, and quality that consistently produces graduates who can safely serve the Australian public as registered acupuncturists and/or Chinese herbal medicine practitioners and/or Chinese herbal dispensers.
By approving programs, the Board is able to assure the public that an academic institution's educational program satisfies the Board's standards for basic Chinese medicine education.
I would have applied as a Chinese herbal dispenser if it had been known at the time that my qualification was considered adequate for dispenser registration. Now that I am already registered can I apply in this extra division without having to pay another full application fee?
Yes, if your qualification has been assessed by the Board for dispenser registration after you had already applied, you may submit an application for registration in the extra division of Chinese herbal dispensing by:
completing and submitting the form for Application for an additional division of registration available on the Forms page
paying the difference in the application fee (if you are already registered in two divisions $50, if you are already registered in just one division $100).
It is not necessary to resubmit documents which you have already provided to the Board. If you need assistance with completing the application please phone AHPRA on 1300 419 495.
Why are some practitioners only getting limited registration? What does it mean?
Some practitioners have qualifications which require more consideration by the Board to determine whether they meet the requirements for general registration.
Under the National Law, the Board is able to grant limited registration if it considers it to be in the public interest.
As these practitioners have submitted a timely and complete application, and are currently providing services as a health practitioner, the Board has decided to allow them to continue to practise while it undertakes this further consideration.
Practitioners granted limited registration will receive a letter from AHPRA explaining what it means.
This limited registration is granted only until such time as the Board grants general registration, or until 31 December 2012. While holding limited registration, a practitioner cannot change their employer or scope of work without advising AHPRA.
Unless the practitioner advises AHPRA otherwise, the National Board will take the information have provided to be an application for general registration and will continue to assess the qualifications. This may include seeking some additional information or evidence from the practitioner.
If the qualifications provided in the application are approved at a later date, the practitioner will be granted General Registration. No additional fee is payable.
Does being granted limited registration reflect poorly on my practice?
No, not at all! Under the National Law, the Board is able to grant limited registration if it considers it to be in the public interest.
The Board has decided that it is in the public interest that you should be able to continue to practise to minimise disruption to the public. The Board will continue to assess your qualifications and will notify you as soon as it has reached a decision about your qualification.
We emphasise to practitioners that if you are granted limited registration on 1 July it is to allow your continued practise while your application continues to be assessed. This has been necessary because of the large volume of applications received by AHPRA in a short period of time.
Some practitioners have qualifications that are not on the current list of programs of study that have been approved by the Board. This means that AHPRA needs to do a bit more work to get information about these qualifications.
The decision to grant limited registration does not reflect on your competence.
Does limited registration mean a practitioner cannot move address?
No. A practitioner can move address as long as they are providing the same services to similar types of patients in similar circumstances with the same standards (of practice, of premises, of record-keeping, of privacy etc.).
If there is a substantial change happening AHPRA should be advised by calling 1300 419 495 between 09:00am - 05:00pm (local time).
What is non-practising registration?
Chinese medicine practitioners with non-practising registration cannot undertake any clinical practice (as defined below) or use any of the protected titles. They are not permitted to treat, prescribe or refer, regardless of whether they are being remunerated.
There is a reduced fee for non-practising registration. These practitioners continue to receive the Board's publications.
This type of registration may be suitable for practitioners who:
have retired completely from Chinese medicine practice or
are not practising temporarily (for example on maternity or sick leave).
When is my registration as a Chinese medicine practitioner due for renewal?
You are due to renew your registration with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (National Board) annually by 30 November.
Look out for a reminder to renew from AHPRA as confirmation that online renewal is open. You will get email reminders several times during the renewal period, so use our online services to check that AHPRA has your current contact details. Be sure to check the national register to confirm your registration details.
What registration standards do I have to meet?
As a Chinese medicine practitioner in Australia, you must meet National Board registration standards when renewing your registration. These registration standards include criminal history, professional indemnity insurance, recency of practice and continuing professional development (CPD).
What do I need to know about the registration requirements?
The National Board expects you to declare on your registration renewal application that you have met the requirements set out in the registration standards.
Before making any declarations, you must read the National Board requirements for renewal of registration, particularly regarding recency of practice, continuing professional development (CPD) and professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements.
Make sure you understand the National Board’s requirements for registration to practise before making your declarations because you may be asked to give information in support of your application.
What happens if my registration isn’t renewed immediately?
You will be contacted by AHPRA as you may be required to provide further information before your application for renewal is finalised. It is important that you comply with any request for further information in the specified timeframe. Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law), health practitioners remain registered for one month after their registration expiry date. If you apply to renew registration by the end of the one-month late period you remain registered to practise while your application is assessed and processed. This is so even if the work by AHPRA extends past your registration expiry date (30 November) or the end of the following one month late period. Your listing on the public register will be updated when the application process is complete.
How much is it going to cost to renew my registration?
See the fees schedule for costs of annual renewal and registration. There is an annual renewal fee for 12 months of registration. These fees have been set at a level that enables the National Board to effectively regulate your profession in Australia and meet its legal responsibilities under the National Law.
If you submit your application to renew in the one-month late period after 30 November, you will be charged a late payment fee. The fee recognises the additional costs of managing late renewals and is payable on top of the annual renewal fee.
What if I don’t want to renew my registration?
You can choose the online option ‘not to renew’ or ignore future reminder notices. In order to ensure that everyone who intends to keep practising is reminded to renew, AHPRA will continue to send reminders to practitioners who:
haven’t lodged an application for renewal of registration, or
don’t opt online ‘not to renew’.
If you do not renew your registration, you will receive a letter after the late period confirming that your registration has lapsed. Your name will be removed from the national register and you will not be able to practise your profession in Australia. If you want to resume practice in the future you will be required to lodge a new application for registration.
What is the easiest way to renew my registration?
Renewing your registration online using your AHPRA user ID and password is quick and easy. If you experience any difficulties, please phone the Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495 and a team member will talk you through the process.
What if I dont know my user ID or have forgotten my password?
Your user ID will be included in the registration renewal reminders you will receive from AHPRA. Alternatively, you can complete an online enquiry form and select ‘Online Access’ as the category type. You can get a new password by entering your user ID on the reset your password page.
Does my principal place of practice have to be published?
Yes. It is a requirement of the National Law that the suburb and postcode of your principal place of practice is published on the national register. A form is available if you believe that publishing information about you on the public register would pose a serious risk to your health or safety in the practise of your profession. The National Board will consider each application individually.
Is there anything else I should do while online?
Yes, when renewing online you can also participate in a Health Workforce Australia survey. Your survey responses will help inform workforce planning and provide a comprehensive profile of Australia’s current regulated workforce.
Please check that your details on the national register are correct and use the secure online services to make sure AHPRA has your current contact information, including email and mobile. Please ensure that AHPRA has your most up to date contact details so you can receive renewal reminders.
What happens after I renew registration?
Once your application is processed, your details will be updated on the national register. About one month later, AHPRA will send you a receipt, an A5 size certificate and a pop out wallet-sized card. There is also an online service so you can print out a current copy of your registration certificate should an employer need it before the A5 size hard copy certificate arrives.
What happens if I do not renew my registration before it expires?
You have a one-month late period after the registration expiry date during which you can apply to renew (by 31 December), under the National Law.
If AHPRA receives your application before the end of the one-month late period, you will remain registered and be able to practise within the scope of your registration. Your listing on the national register will be updated when processing of your application is complete.
If AHPRA receives your application during the one-month late period, you will incur a late payment fee. This applies to all registrants who do not renew by the annual registration expiry date (30 November) and apply in December.
When am I at risk of my registration lapsing?
Your registration will lapse if you do not renew within one month of your registration expiry date. Your name will be removed from the national register under the National Law and you will not be able to practise.
If you wish to keep practising you must submit a fast track application for registration. Fast track application forms will be available on the National Board website or by phoning the Customer Service Team on 1300 419 495 during January.
If submitting a fast track application, you cannot practise until your application is processed and your registration details are updated on the national register.
Is there a ‘fast-track’ application fee?
Yes. A fast track application fee is payable in addition to the annual renewal fee. You must submit your application in the four weeks after your registration lapses if you wish to keep practising.
Why are there so many English language tests and how do I decide which one I should sit?
The tests used by the National Boards to determine English language competence are also used by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to determine visa eligibility. The scores required to demonstrate English language competence for each test are specified in the standard. Each test is slightly different, however the scores required to meet the standard have been benchmarked so they are set at equivalent levels across all the tests. It is not easier to achieve the required scores on one test, compared with any of the others.
The IELTS, PTE Academic and TOEFL iBT test can be taken by applicants from any profession. Currently, the OET test is not applicable for chiropractic, osteopathy and psychology applicants for registration, as OET has not yet developed a specific test for these professions. For Chinese medicine, any of the existing OET tests will be accepted as evidence.
In choosing which test to sit, you will need to do your own research and decide on which test is the most suitable or convenient for you. Links to the tests are published on the English language skills page on the AHPRA website.
International medical graduates may also rely on their results of the NZREX clinical exam (NZ) or Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test (UK). For further information, see FAQs medicine below.
Are there any differences between the English test result requirements in the old and the new standards for Chinese medicine practitioners?
There is no change to the test result requirements for OET – a minimum score of B in all components is still required.
For other tests, there are several key differences:
IELTS – The new standard requires a score of 7 in each component and an overall score of 7. This is different from the old Chinese medicine standard, which required a score of not less than 6.5 in any component and an overall score of 7. The old Chinese medicine standard also included a temporary arrangement for ‘grandparenting’ which allowed for a test result of 6.0 in certain circumstance. After 1 July 2015, this will no longer apply.
TOEFL – This test is not accepted any more. Instead, applicants can choose to take the TOEFL iBT. The minimum scores for this test are outlined in the standard.
An additional test has also been added, the PTE Academic. The minimum scores for this test are outlined in the standard.
In addition to the above changes, the new standard gives applicants the option of submitting test results from up to two test sittings in a six month period in order to achieve the required results in all components, as long as certain minimum scores are maintained. This provides additional flexibility for applicants who must demonstrate that they meet the standard through the English language test pathway.
Do I need to achieve the required test scores in one sitting?
Ideally, you will be able to demonstrate that you meet the standard in one test sitting. However, National Boards will accept results from a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period so long as certain minimum scores are achieved in each sitting. These vary from test to test and are outlined in the standard. Note that this does not mean that you can only sit the test twice in the six month period; you may sit the test more than twice if you wish (although this is not recommended by the testing authorities). However, only the results from two sittings will be considered by National Boards.
Can I just re-sit one component of a test?
No, you will need to re-sit the entire test and achieve the required result in the relevant component, and any other minimum scores as outlined in the standard. If you do not achieve the required results, you will have to re-sit the entire test again. You may only count the results of two tests within a six month period.
I have a valid English language test result that demonstrates I meet the standard, however it is more than two years old. Do I need to sit another test?
Generally, yes. However there are certain circumstances in which you may not have to sit another test. If, within twelve months of sitting the test, you started or continued employment as a registered health practitioner in one of the recognised countries where English was the primary language of practice; or you commenced or continued your enrolment in a Board approved program of study and you applied for registration within 12 months of completing that employment or study, you may not have to sit another test. Each application will be assessed to ensure that the employment or study undertaken satisfies the requirements specified in the standard.
For further information on the evidence you will need to verify your test result and your period of employment or study, please see the English language skills registration standard evidence guide published on the English language skills page on the AHPRA website.
Do I need to sit a language test every two years to remain registered?
No. If you have demonstrated that you meet the standard through the English language test pathway, you do not need to sit another test as long as you remain registered.
I was previously told that I needed to achieve the required results in one test sitting, even though I had achieved the required results in all components in two test sittings. Do I meet the standard now?
If the two tests were taken within a six month period, and the first test was taken less than two years ago, then it is possible that you now meet the standard. Your results will need to be assessed to ensure that they meet all the criteria for multiple test sittings specified in the standard. You should contact AHPRA to check the status of your application.