How to determine the scope of your own practice

The Scope of Practice for audiologists and audiometrists can be found here. The Scope of Practice provides an overview of the professions of audiology and audiometry. It cannot be applied to individual audiologists or audiometrists.

The scope of your own practice may be more narrowly defined than the Scope of Practice for audiologists and will likely change throughout your career.  It is your responsibility to be aware of, and only engage in, those aspects of the Scope of Practice for which you have the educational qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience required to practice lawfully, safely and effectively.

A Decision Tool to aid you when determining the scope of your own practice has been included in the Scope of Practice and is also available here.  It has been adapted from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) Dietitians Scope of Practice Framework 2015[i].  It is designed to facilitate self-reflection and may assist you to:
     - Determine the scope of your current practice;
     - Discuss the scope of your practice with your employer; and
     - Extend the scope of your own practice safely and ethically.

What if I perform tasks beyond those described in the Scope of Practice?

As noted in the Scope of Practice document, in certain settings and contexts it may be that audiologists perform, or assist in, tasks beyond those described in the Scope of Practice (so called ‘extended scope of practice’).  Examples of such settings and contexts where extended scopes of practice may be more common include:
     - In rural and remote settings;
     - In emergency settings; and/or
     - When performing tasks on behalf of another health professional, such as an Ear Nose and Throat surgeon (ENT).

Audiology Australia supports its members to extend the scope of their own practice, as long as they do so lawfully, safely and effectively.  The Decision Tool can help you determine if you should be engaging in tasks that would be considered extended scope of practice.  We recommend that, in addition to self-reflection using the Decision Tool, you discuss extending the scope of your practice with your employer (if any), peers and your legal advisor.

The Scope of Practice will be updated regularly, and it is likely that tasks currently considered to be extended scope of practice will be included in the future as they become more widespread.

 

[i] The DAA tool was adapted from O’Sullivan Maillet J, Skates J, Pritchett E. 2005. American Dietetic Association: Scope of Dietetic Practice Framework. J Am Diet Assoc; 105(4):634-40.