The Professional Practice Guide (2022) is now available.
The primary goal of the review was to ensure the document was up-to-date and reflected current best practice. Given its substantial size, a further goal was to streamline the document and improve its ease-of-use. The two original documents (Practice Operations, and Clinical Standards) were combined into one new document, the Guide. The Guide incorporates two main sections: Fundamental Audiology Practice, and Clinical Practice.
The Working Group made significant changes to the layout and content, which have significantly shortened the overall length of the document and made it easier to navigate.
The decision taken in the review to change the title from Standards to Guide reflects the fact that the document includes standards in the Fundamental Audiology Practice section, and recommendations or guidelines in the Clinical Practice section. The term Guide also more accurately describes the document as a resource on a wide range of clinical and practice considerations, rather than mandatory standards that must be met.
The information within the original Practice Operations (which became the Fundamental Audiology Practice section in the new document) first went to members for consultation in 2019.
In 2021, the Working Group sought feedback from a number of experts on individual domains of the Clinical Standards section. With this valuable input, the previous document was updated.
To seek feedback from our membership on the revised draft, a survey was conducted in June and July 2022. Thank you to all those who were able to contribute feedback through each consultation stage during the project. Your expertise, knowledge and significant efforts in reviewing the draft were greatly appreciated and have significantly added to the quality of the final product.