(Courtesy Medical Board of Australia – adapted for Seychelles)
This statement provides advice to help individuals with medical qualifications to decide whether or not they should be registered.
Practice means any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a health practitioner.
For the purposes of registration, practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes using professional knowledge in a direct non-clinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession.
The definition was intended to be broad and inclusive. It allows individuals with qualifications as a health practitioner to be registered if they are using their skills and knowledge as a health practitioner, regardless of whether they are providing direct patient care. Registered health practitioners can use the protected title related to their profession and must comply with their National Board’s approved registration standards.
Who should register?
As the primary purpose of registration is to protect the public, medical practitioners and dentists should be registered if they have any direct clinical contact with patients or provide treatment or opinion about individuals.
Prescribing and issuing sick leave certificates are illegal without proper registration.
For roles beyond direct patient care, medical practitioners and dentists should be registered when:
- their work impacts on safe, effective delivery of health care to individuals and/or
2. they are directing or supervising or advising other health practitioners about the health care of an individual(s) and/or
3. their employer and/or their employer’s professional indemnity insurer requires a person in that role to be registered and/or
4. professional peers and the community would expect a person in that role to comply with the registration standards for professional indemnity insurance, continuing professional development and recency of practice and/or
5. they are required to be registered under any law to undertake any specific activity.