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We pay our respects to them and to their Elders, both past, present and emerging, and we recognise their enduring connection to the lands we live and work on, and honour their ongoing connection to those lands, its waters and sky.

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 Overview of specialist registration

Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, specialist registration can only be granted in a specialty that has been approved by Health Ministers. The approved a list of specialties, fields of specialty practice and specialist titles for the medical profession that is published on the Medical Board of Australia website. 


Review the approved list of specialties, specialty fields and specialist titles for medical practitioners here.

Under the National Law, practitioners with specialist registration can use the protected title associated with their specialist registration in a recognised specialty or field of specialty practice. It is a breach of the National Law for practitioners to use a protected specialist title if they do not have specialist registration in the relevant recognised specialty. 

Guidelines for recognition of new specialties

In 2018, the Medical Board of Australia (the Board) and the Australian Medical Council (AMC)  published guidelines on the process for organisations to apply for recognition of new or amended medical specialties under the National Law[1]. The Guidelines describe the application process and the criteria that applications must address. 


Download the Guidelines for the Recognition of Medical Specialties and Fields of Specialty Practice under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law

Considerations in approving new specialties

The Board considers the advice of the AMC and other stakeholders, including specialist colleges, when deciding whether to recommend that a new or amended specialty be approved by Health  Ministers. 

Health Ministers will only consider a recommendation for a new or amended speciality after a public benefit has been demonstrated. That is, applicants must establish a need for government intervention (regulation) in the interests of the public and that existing arrangements or other alternative non-regulatory options are unsatisfactory. For this reason, the application process involves a robust regulatory assessment, with extensive stakeholder consultation. 

Resources for applicants

For more information about the process and criteria for applying for recognition of a new or amended specialty, see 


[1] Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory 

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