05 Feb 2019
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) today provided an update on bridging programs for internationally qualified nurses.
The NMBA is aware that some internationally qualified nurses who have applied for registration in Australia and been referred to bridging programs are unable to find places in accredited programs. The role of the NMBA is to protect the public in accordance with the National Law, by ensuring that only suitably qualified and competent people are registered to practise. This is a matter of public safety.
The NMBA approves accreditation standards and accredited courses of study leading to registration as a nurse or a midwife.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) is the independent accrediting authority for nursing and midwifery education. ANMAC is responsible for determining whether programs of study for nurses and midwives seeking to practise in Australia meet the required accreditation standards.
The NMBA and ANMAC have a responsibility to ensure that all programs of study meet standards which contribute to safe and quality nursing practice in Australia.
Bridging programs are offered by independent education providers, who must demonstrate that they meet the required standards of the NMBA. The NMBA and ANMAC do not determine the number of places available in bridging programs, this is determined by the education providers who are able to meet the standards.
Any applicant who has been referred to bridging and is unable to find a program place within the timeframe set out in their referral letter should contact the Registration Officer provided on their referral letter, to discuss their individual circumstances.
More information for internationally qualified nurses can be found on the NMBA website.