International practitioners


Whether you are coming to Australia to work or study, be it short term or permanently as either a healthcare practitioner or student, you can apply for MIPS membership. Even if you are in Australia to undertake a supervised observership you can still apply for MIPS membership.

When you first arrive in Australia, you must register with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) before commencing healthcare practice. Initially you will be placed in a provisional category (ie awaiting registration) by AHPRA and you may have to complete an equivalency test before being considered ‘qualified’ to provide healthcare in Australia.

It is Australian law that all healthcare practitioners have medical indemnity insurance cover. MIPS provides this cover for medical doctors, dentists and nuclear medicine technologists as part of membership.

Which situation describes you?

International Practitioner Awaiting AHPRA Registration

If you are an international healthcare practitioner undertaking relevant Australian qualifications but currently not qualified to practice in Australia you can apply for membership via our online Application for International Practitioner Awaiting AHPRA Registration form.

I have already obtained AHPRA registration

Once in receipt of your Australian registration, members in this category should contact MIPS so they can move to an appropriate new category. You can complete the full Membership Application form. If you would like to find out the cost of membership, request a membership fee estimate.

If you are an international student, you can apply for cover for an elective you are undertaking in Australia using our online application form.


What is professional indemnity insurance?

MIPS' indemnity insurance policy provides cover for any acts, errors or omissions you make in providing healthcare. This means that should there be a complaint, claim, investigation or legal action made against you, then you can notify MIPS. This includes being sued (ie litigation). The legal defence costs and any further costs such as damages you are required to pay due to a settlement or court order are paid by MIPS provided they fall within the scope of the policy.

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