Closure of equivalent training pathway

The equivalent training pathway to PACFA membership, which was trialled from 2020-22, will close from 1 July 2022. This will not impact current members.

Graduates of courses that have historically been assessed under the ‘equivalency’ pathway will need to apply for PACFA membership as soon as possible prior to 30 June 2022, for their application to be considered. Applicants in this situation should email [email protected] after submitting their application to confirm they have applied and wish to use the equivalent training pathway before its closure.

Current students of courses that have historically been assessed under the equivalent training pathway should apply to join PACFA in a non-practising provisional category as soon as possible prior to 30 June 2022. Students in this category will have until 31 December 2023 to graduate and apply for practising membership. Further information regarding this process will be shared by the training providers.

Information regarding the changes has been communicated to training providers impacted by the closure of the equivalent training pathway. Graduates or current students of these courses should contact their training provider if they have any questions.

PACFA will apply to become a full or ‘ordinary’ member of Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), following a PACFA Council vote in favour of the move in May.

Full AHPA membership requires all new PACFA members to be qualified at Bachelor degree level or above (Australian Qualifications Framework Level 7 and above). Closure of the equivalent training pathway is a necessary step in applying for full AHPA membership.