The Occupational English Test (OET) is now recognised by the Dietitians Board in New Zealand, giving overseas-trained healthcare professionals the opportunity to improve their career prospects.
Dietitians who pass the healthcare-specific OET test to prove English proficiency will be able to apply for Recognition of Qualifications and if their qualifications are recognised, will be eligible to proceed to the Board’s Registration Examinations. An OET grade of A or B is required in all four OET subtests.
The primary role of the Dietitians Board is to promote and protect public interest by providing mechanisms to ensure that Dietitians are qualified, competent and fit to practise their profession. The Dietitians Board is responsible for registering, setting qualifications and standards for dietitians.
Effective communication in the workplace is vital for health practitioners and the Board wants to ensure Dietitians are confident and capable communicators when working with patients and clients. The Board is pleased to now recognise assessments from OET whereby practitioners can demonstrate their proficiency in English.
OET is an international English language test that assesses the language skills of healthcare professionals seeking to register and practice in an English-speaking environment. OET is recognised by Australian and New Zealand Immigration for visa purposes and healthcare regulators in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Namibia and Dubai for healthcare registration.
OET CEO, Sujata Stead, says: “We commend the Dietitians Board in New Zealand for their commitment to patient safety and standards of care in New Zealand”.
“Unlike other English tests, OET test materials are based on real healthcare scenarios so employers can be confident that successful candidates have the level of English communication skills required for safe and high-quality patient care.”