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Board consults on revising English Language Skills Registration Standard.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has released for consultation a revised English Language Skills Registration Standard for the nursing and midwifery professions.

The Board has reviewed and revised the standard that has been in place since 1 July 2010, after feedback from stakeholders that there were opportunities to improve it.

The core difference in the revised standard is removal of the requirement that a practitioner's secondary education be completed in English. Other less substantial amendments have also been made.

There is no proposal to alter the English Language Skills Standard of IELTS 7 or equivalent in each of the four components listening, reading, writing and speaking--for all nurses and midwives to practise in Australia.

The revised draft standard is published on the Board's website.

The Acting Chair of the Board, Dr Lynette Cusack RN, said the Board believed the revised draft reflected the feedback provided to date, while ensuring the standard supports the Board's core role of protecting the public.

'The Board welcomes comments from the profession, the community and all stakeholders on this revised draft,' Dr Cusack said.

The current English Language Skills Registration Standard will remain in place until the revised standard is finalised by the Board and approved by the Ministerial Council.

The consultation process on the revised standard is open until 10 December 2010.
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Title Annotation:Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Publication:The Lamp
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Dec 1, 2010
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