The Nurses Board is established and prescribed powers under the Nurses Act 2001.
Section3 (2) of the Act identifies the functions of the Board as:
- to register nurses and midwives;
- to deal with matters relating to disciplinary inquiries and the cancellation,
- suspension, withdrawal and restoration of registration of nurses and midwives;
- to set standards for the education and training of nurses and midwives;
- to ensure maintenance of the required standards of practice and conduct among
- nurses and midwives and to promote the development of guidelines and codes of
- to advice the Minister on any matter relating to nurses and midwives; and
- to review the implementation of the Act, the regulations, guidelines and codes of conduct and to propose any changes or modifications, as may be deemed necessary.
The Nurses Board, under the chairmanship of the Chief Nursing Officer is currently responsible for the registration of nurses and midwives.
Annual licensing is required for all nurses and midwives. Continuing education/in-services are carried out to evaluate issuance of annual practicing license. http://www.anmc.org.au/wpsear/tonga.php (accessed on 23.04.2009)