Audiology Australia is the organisation that is responsible for accrediting Audiology Masters programs in Australia. On completion of an accredited program followed by a Clinical Internship, one can apply to be an Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist.
Accreditation assessment is the process wherein the programs provided by the universities are assessed against Audiology Australia’s Core Knowledge and Competencies Required of Master of Audiology Graduates in Australia to ensure all graduates acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes required to practise audiology safely and competently in Australia. In turn, this accreditation is the assurance that graduating students meet Audiology Australia’s practitioner certification requirements.
By accrediting audiology degree programs, Audiology Australia aims to:
(1) Maintain appropriately high minimum standards of the audiology profession in Australia.
(2) Stimulate maintenance of high standards and continuing improvement in the quality of professional education in audiology.
(3) Provide support to the university programs to encourage excellence in professional preparation.
(4) Support varied and flexible degree programs that are aligned with the changing realities of the audiology workplace.
(5) Allow graduates to make an informed choice for their education.
The Audiology Australia University Accreditation and Competencies Committee oversees the accreditation process and provides advice to Audiology Australia’s Board of Directors in relation to issues to do with accreditation of audiology degree programs.
Audiology programs are accredited for up to five years. During the accreditation period, the university is required to submit an annual report to verify if it continues to meet the accreditation standards. It is also required to notify Audiology Australia of any major changes to the program as they occur during the accreditation period.
A re-accreditation assessment is conducted for all accredited programs every five years. This is usually in the form of a site visit at the university or may be held in an online format if necessary.
Currently there are six Australian programs that have been fully accredited by Audiology Australia:
ACCREDITED PROGRAM NAME
|Victoria||The University of Melbourne||Master of Clinical Audiology||Full Accreditation|
|Victoria||La Trobe University||Master of Clinical Audiology||Full Accreditation|
|New South Wales||Macquarie University||Master of Clinical Audiology||Full Accreditation|
|Queensland||The University of Queensland||Master of Audiology Studies||Full Accreditation|
|South Australia||Flinders University||Master of Audiology||Full Accreditation|
|Western Australia||The University of Western Australia||Master of Clinical Audiology||Full Accreditation|
For more information regarding the accredited programs, please contact the university directly.
Audiology Australia accepts enquiries from any university in Australia that is considering offering a Masters audiology program and applying to have it assessed for accreditation. Please contact our office to discuss the process, timelines, fees and how to apply for accreditation.
As the process from initial enquiry to receiving an accreditation assessment decision is lengthy and can take over a year, such education providers are encouraged to contact our office at their earliest convenience.
A review of the Core Knowledge and Competencies Required of Master of Audiology Graduates in Australia is currently underway. The revised competencies will align with the National Competency Standards, and will come into effect in 2023.
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