Applying for your healthcare identifier and National Authentication Service for Health Public Key Infrastructure certificate

Details of how to apply for your healthcare identifier and National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) certificate.

Applying

You can apply for your healthcare identifier or registration number and NASH PKI certificate as:

  • a healthcare provider organisation
  • an individual healthcare provider
  • a contracted service provider or general supporting organisation

Individual healthcare providers registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) are automatically assigned a Healthcare Provider Identifier - Individual (HPI-I).

If your profession is not regulated by AHPRA, you need to apply for a HPI-I.

If you are a healthcare provider organisation, you need to apply for a Healthcare Provider Identifier - Organisation (HPI-O)

If you will be using the My Health Record system, you will need to apply for a NASH PKI certificate for:

  • healthcare provider organisations
  • individual healthcare providers, or
  • a contracted service provider or general supporting organisation

Before applying for a particular NASH PKI certificate you must read:

  • the relevant certificate policy
  • the applicable terms and conditions of use, and
  • the relying party agreement, if applicable

Healthcare provider organisations

To be eligible for a HPI-O your organisation must:

  • provide healthcare related services
  • have employees to act in the roles of Responsible Officer (RO) and Organisation Maintenance Officer (OMO)

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of employees in relation to the Healthcare Identifiers (HI) Service, read the HI Service User Guide.

There are two organisation types in the HI Service:

  • seed organisations – Australian entities that provide or control the delivery of health care services
  • network organisations – organisations linked to, and providing services to, seed organisations

Register your seed or network organisation in the HI Service using the appropriate forms:

Refer to the Organisation Type Classification Reference Guide for examples of organisation types for:

  • question 29 of the seed organisation form
  • question 24 of the network organisation form

Once you have registered your seed organisation and received your healthcare identifier, network organisations can also be registered online through HPOS.

You can also use the application forms to register an organisation to:

  • include HI Service permissions for existing Medicare PKI certificates
  • request new Medicare PKI certificates
  • create a Healthcare Provider Directory entry for the organisation

Your organisation needs to register with the HI Service and get a HPI-O before applying for a NASH PKI certificate.

To apply for your organisation's NASH PKI certificate use the:

Before you apply for your healthcare identifier, read the HI Service User Guide. This will help you understand more about the service. This includes things you need to be aware of when accessing, using or disclosing healthcare identifiers.

Individual healthcare providers

To be eligible for a HPI-I, an individual healthcare provider must provide healthcare and either be:

  • registered with AHPRA, or
  • a member of a professional association that has uniform national membership requirements

If you are already registered with AHPRA

If you are registered with AHPRA, you already have a HPI-I. To confirm your HPI-I with AHPRA, go to ahpra.gov.au

If you are not registered with AHPRA

If you are not registered with AHPRA, apply for your HPI-I using the Application to register a Healthcare Provider form (HW033).

To remove, add or amend a HPI-I record within the HI Service or a Healthcare Provider Directory entry, use the Application to amend a Healthcare Provider record form (HW034). For help in completing questions 24 or 25 of the application form, for examples of provider types, refer to the Provider Type Classification Reference Guide.

The application forms to register an Individual Healthcare Provider can also be used to:

  • include HI Service permissions for existing Medicare PKI certificates
  • request new Medicare PKI certificates
  • create a Healthcare Provider Directory entry

You need to register with the HI Service and get a HPI-I before applying for a NASH PKI certificate.

To apply for your NASH PKI certificate use the Application to request a National Authentication Service for Health Public Key Infrastructure Certificate for Individual Healthcare Providers form (HW022).

Contracted service providers and general supporting organisations

To be eligible for a contracted service provider's or general supporting organisation's registration number, you need to either be:

  • an IT organisation that provides management or communication of health information on behalf of healthcare providers, or
  • an organisation that provides infrastructure and information for the My Health Record system. The organisation can also communicate with healthcare providers and other supporting organisations

Apply for your contracted service provider registration number and/or request a NASH PKI certificate using the Application to register a Contracted Service Provider organisation record form (HW012).

Apply for your general supporting organisation registration number and/or request a NASH PKI certificate using the Application to register a General Supporting Organisation form (HW013).

Page last updated: 21 June 2016

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