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

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Date Updated: 2024-03-12

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, but what is usually meant by ‘filling your gap’ is meeting the ‘Recency of Practice’ standard set by AHPRA. 

How do I meet the Recency of Practice registration standard?

This can be done by returning to where you have registration, and working for a minimum of 4 weeks, full time (38 hours weekly).

As long as you’ve worked for 4 weeks full time within the last 12 months (152 hours total), or 12 weeks full time in the past 3 years (456 hours total), then you meet the standard.

You can also meet recency of practice working in a non-clinical role which may consist of medical administration, teaching, research, or medical policy. The same hours above also apply to non-clinical roles.

Please note that you don’t need to meet the Recency of Practice registration standard if you are a recent graduate applying for registration for the first time.

What evidence do I need to prepare?

AHPRA constantly selects random practitioners to see if they meet the registration standard. This is what they call ‘audit.’ You will receive an email audit notice if you have been selected for audit, and you will be required to submit these evidences for recency of practice registration standard:

  • CV
  • Statement of service or letter from your health service/employer confirming the period you were employed, 
  • Diary/log/appointment schedule, and 
  • Medicare/billing records.

It’s better to keep track and prepare the documents above just in case you need to submit any requirements.

What if I don’t meet the Recency of Practice registration standard?

AHPRA can add a condition or decline your registration application. To avoid this, you can also submit supporting details and documents to help the Board decide whether you are able to continue to practise. This can be 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 the Recency of Practice registration standard. When AHPRA assesses 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 50 hours CPD annually, by undergoing observerships, by working in a support role to a clinical environment, and taking the clinical exam.
We recently had a doctor who had a large gap in their practice. It took a while, but they were granted AHPRA registration and were able to find work, so don’t lose hope!

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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.

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