From October 1, Nurses and midwives with international qualifications will be offered the choice of either a bridging course or OBA to register in Australia.
At present, internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who arrive in Australia holding qualifications which are relevant but not substantially equivalent to the Australian qualifications have to undergo a bridging program to attain the registration required to work in the country.
However, from next month a new assessment model giving candidates the option to choose between the bridging course and the outcomes-based-assessment (OBA) which will be available from January 2020.
From January 2020, all IQNMs with relevant but not substantially equivalent qualifications will be referred to the OBA.
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