Audiologists work with clients to help them to preserve, manage and improve their hearing, their ability to process and understand sounds, and their balance.
Audiologists help clients of all ages – from infants to older adults – and clients with complex needs improve their ability to communicate and interact in all situations.
Audiology qualifications and training
Australian Audiologists spend at least five years at university, including two years in an Audiology Australia accredited Master's level audiology program. There are currently six universities offering audiology postgraduate programs in Australia that are accredited by Audiology Australia (see bottom of this page).
After completing their studies, Audiology Australia members undertake a one-year clinical internship. In this first year of clinical practice interns are supervised by more experienced colleagues who are an Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist. This supervision program eases the transition into the workforce for the intern and ensures a high quality of service delivery from new graduates.
Experienced overseas audiologists who relocate to Australia are also required to complete the clinical internship before they become a clinically certified member of Audiology Australia. In these cases the supervision process supports the audiologist to develop confidence with the Australian healthcare system and audiology in the Australian context.
Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist
Once the clinical internship has been successfully completed new members of Audiology Australia become an Accredited Audiologist.
Accreditation is valid for one year. In order to have their Accreditation renewed at the end of each cycle a member must be able to demonstrate that they have participated in sufficient professional development over the previous 12 months. Members can gain their professional development from a wide range of activities including attending conferences, seminars, training courses, study and research.
Code of Conduct
Audiology Australia members are bound by a Code of Conduct.
Other policies impacting membership and Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist status