9 October 2023
PACFA members are now eligible to register with the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service and obtain a Healthcare Provider Identifier - Individual (HPI-I).
This development is due to PACFA’s status as a full member with Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA), who has been working alongside Services Australia to understand and remove any potential barriers for allied health professionals to access an HPI-I.
The HPI-I is an indicator of a provider’s ability to include information on My Health Record (MHR) as an allied health professional.
What is HI and the HPI-I?
The Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service is a national system that uses identifiers for people, health professionals and organisations.
A Healthcare Provider Identifier - Individual (HPI-I) is an important tool for allied health professions and professionals, and it will become increasingly relevant as the Federal Government implements the National Healthcare Interoperability Plan. Access to a HPI-I is the first step to utilising My Health Record (MHR).
The HPI-I will become a factor which enables health professionals to share client information via digital platforms in a manner which is in keeping with the Australian Privacy Principles and related requirements.
How do I obtain an HPI-I?
PACFA members will obtain an HPI-I automatically if registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), or they can apply to the HI Service. Information about registering for an HPI-I is on the Services Australia website. It tells health professionals what they need to know to register in the HI Service, and what they need to do to use healthcare identifiers.
For Dual-Qualified Practitioners
For dual-qualified practitioners who already have a HPI-I, there is no need to register again for an additional qualification, regardless of the number of professional association memberships maintained. Practitioners can add additional health professions they practice at any time here.
For more information, please click here to view AHPA’s HPI-I fact sheet.