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Formative assessment

Provides feedback for future learning, development and improvement.

Full skills assessment

An assessment type for applicants who have a minimum nursing bachelor degree in UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, with corresponding registration.

Full-time equivalent

Based on a full-time working week in Australia of 38 hours per week.



Framework, systems and processes supporting and guiding an organisation towards achieving its goals and the mechanisms by which it, and its people, are held to account. Ethics, risk management, compliance and administration are all elements.


Those who, having successfully undertaken a program of study that enables them to apply for registration or endorsement with the NMBA.


Head of discipline/school

Lead academic responsible for the design and delivery of the program on behalf of the education provider.

Health informatics and Health Technology

Appropriate and innovative application of the concepts and technologies of the information age to improve health care and health (see digital health).

Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the National Law)

Adopted in each state and territory, setting out the provisions of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. The National Law has been adopted by the parliament of each state or territory through adopting legislation. The National Law is generally consistent in all states and territories. New South Wales did not adopt Part 8 of the National Law.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (2019) Glossary       

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Health service providers

Health units or other appropriate service providers where students undertake supervised workplace experience as part of a program, the graduates of which are eligible to apply for nursing or midwifery registration.

Health Workforce Australia (HWA)

HWA was an initiative of the COAG, established to meet the challenges of providing a health workforce that responded to the needs of the Australian community. HWA closed on 6 August 2014 the essential functions were transferred to the Federal Department of Health.


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