Applying for AHPRA Registration with an Impairment

If you have an impairment when applying for AHPRA Registration as a Medical Professional, you will be required to disclose this information in your application. We have included what is defined as an impairment and what you will need to do if you fall under this classification below!

What is an impairment defined as?

AHPRA defines an impairment as a physical or mental impairment, disability, condition or disorder (including substance abuse or dependence) that detrimentally affects a registered health practitioner’s capacity to safely practise the profession.

Do I need to disclose my impairment to AHPRA?

Yes. If you have an impairment that meets the definition listed above, you will need to disclose this information to AHPRA. 

On the relevant AHPRA Registration form, you will be asked ‘Do you have an impairment that detrimentally affects, or is likely to detrimentally affect, your capacity to practise the profession’.

If you tick yes to this question, you will need to provide details of your impairment.

Information regarding any health impairments, criminal history or English language skills may also determine if your application is a complete application that submitted all the necessary documents.

What information do I need to give to AHPRA?

You will need to provide details of your impairment and how it is managed. Include all relevant details and explain how you will still be fit to practise as a health professional despite this condition. 

If AHPRA requires further information, they request this after your application has been received.

Note: The information presented above has been gathered from the AHPRA website and has been updated as of 2023-09-25.

We Can Help You

Here at People Medical Consulting, we have a passion for guiding medical practitioners through their career pathways to Australia. We have extensive experience in assisting medical facilities in recruiting doctors from local and overseas who will best suit their requirements.

We provide Document Assistance for those requiring support for their PESCI with IME, ACRRM or RACGP, registration and all other mandatory AHPRA requirements, fellowship program related forms and letters, application for Medicare provider and prescriber numbers, application for 19AB or 19AA exemptions and preparation of employment documents.

If you’re looking for assistance, contact us at and we would be glad to help you.

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