How do I ‘fill my gap’ & what happens if I can’t?

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Can I ‘Fill My Gap’?

No- unless you’ve been working clinically then you’re going to have a gap. There is no ‘filling’ it.

Recency of Practice

What is usually meant by ‘filling your gap’ is meeting the ‘Recency of Practice’ standard set by AHPRA. This can be done by returning to where you have registration and working for a minimum of 4 weeks, full time (38 hours).

Providing you’ve worked for the 4 weeks full time within the last 12 months, or 12 weeks full time in the past 3 years, then you meet the standard.

You can also meet recency of practice working in a non-clinical role. There is information about this in the links below.

What if I can’t return to where I have registration?

If you can’t return, you can complete a ‘Re-Entry into Practice Plan’ explaining what you have been doing to stay clinically up to date, and what you intend to do to ensure you’re safe to practice.

What else do I need to know?

It isn’t enough to just meet recency of practice. When AHPRA assess your application, they want to see that you’ve been making an effort to stay up to date with your clinical skills. You can demonstrate this by completing CPD points, by observing and by working in a support role to a clinical environment.

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About Non-Clinical Recency of Practice:

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