The Scope of Practice for audiologists and audiometrists can be downloaded here. It was developed collaboratively by the three professional bodies that represent audiologists and audiometrists in Australia: Audiology Australia, the Australian College of Audiology (ACAud) and the Hearing Aid Audiometrist Society of Australia (HAASA).
The Scope of Practice provides an overview of the professions of audiology and audiometry by describing the services that may currently be offered by appropriately qualified and experienced audiologists and audiometrists in Australia.
The Scope of Practice for audiologists and audiometrists may:
- Act as an educational tool for clients and their families, members of the general public, and other health care professionals; and
- Provide information to assist policy makers concerned with regulation, legislation and third party reimbursement.
The Scope of Practice cannot be applied to individual audiologists or audiometrists. The Scope of Practice cannot:
- Provide an assurance that an individual audiologist or audiometrist has the appropriate educational qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience to practice lawfully, safely and effectively, in a way that meets professional standards, and does not pose any danger to the public or to themselves;
- Be used to restrict or determine an individual audiologist’s or audiometrist’s scope of practice; or
- Be used to discipline an individual audiologist or audiometrist for providing services that they do not have the educational qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience to practice lawfully, safely and effectively.
These regulatory aims are instead achieved via a suite of other relevant policies and by-laws that Audiology Australia, ACAud and HAASA members must adhere to, including the Code of Conduct.
The knowledge and tasks applicable to audiologists only can be found in a separate document here, this includes lists of knowledge audiologists may possess and tasks audiologists may perform grouped by the different ages and needs of clients:
- School-aged children (from kindergarten until end of secondary school)
- Infants and young children (pre-kindergarten age)
- Clients with complex needs
If you have questions regarding the scope of an audiologist’s own practice, you should discuss these with them directly.
If you have concerns that an individual audiologist is providing services outside the scope of their practice, you should contact Audiology Australia.
Further information developed by Audiology Australia specifically for its members on how they can interpret the Scope of Practice document and determine the scope of their own practice can be found here.