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Health Practitioner Credentialing

South West Healthcare’s credentialing process is in line with Victoria’s credentialing and scope of practice for senior medical practitioner’s policy. All of our medical and dental applications are submitted to our Medical Credentialing Committee for approval. Initial approval is for one year and renewals are for three years.

All senior clinical staff who have an independent responsibility for patient care are credentialed.

South West Healthcare uses Equifax to credential all senior clinical staff, and you will be sent a request from Equifax to complete your online application against your scope of practice.


Credentialing is the formal process of assessing a health care professional’s qualifications, training, experience and clinical competence in relation to their role within SWH.

Defining the scope of clinical practice – also known as ‘privileging’ – follows on from credentialing and involves delineating the scope of a medical practitioner’s clinical practice within a SWH’s organisation’s clinical needs and capabilities.

The Requirements for a new application is as follows:

  • Application (through Equifax)
  • Resume (updated within last 12 months)
  • Medical qualifications (primary degree and fellowship)
  • Current medical indemnity certificate (certified)
  • Current police check (within last 12 months)
  • International police check (if you have lived overseas for 12 months or longer during the past 10 years) or
  • Continuous professional development certificate
  • SWH Provider number (via form or online). For new specialists you will also need to complete a specialist recognition form.
  • Prescriber number
  • Two references (within the last 12 months)
  • Current Victorian working with children, noting SWH as an employer
  • Identification documents i.e. passport and driver licence

For further information please contact the credentialing team via

Page last updated: 15 April 2024

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