Joanne Hening of New Zealand has been denied registration as a nurse in Australia, because of her poor English speaking quality.
She is a resident of Wellington and five years ago she came to north Queensland in order to pursue her nursing career.
She successfully completed her diploma course in nursing from King’s International College on the Gold Coast in the month of June. But since then, she has not got permission to work as an enrolled nurse because she could not meet the requirements of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
She said that she is quite upset with the whole matter. She also said that she will be a good nurse and should not be denied of practicing her profession just because she is poor in English.
AHPRA wants her to pass an English language test, because she has not done her high school education and nursing training in Australia. The test, which includes listening, reading, writing, and a 15-minute conversation session, takes eight hours to complete. The enrollment fees for the test is $A350.
Joanne says that the test is just a means to generate earnings. She further said the there is no other option but to pass the test and apply for the registration process.