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Audiology Regulation and National Consultation to inform Decision Regulatory Impact Statement

May 10, 2024

Audiology Australia Statement

Audiology Australia welcomes the opportunity to strengthen the profession and we support professional regulation. There are positives and negatives to each of the regulation models being considered. While regulation may support title protection and provide a clear pathway to address concerns and complaints about anyone practicing in audiology, it won’t address a range of other issues that contributed to the broader systemic failures in the settings identified in the recent Qld and SA inquiries. From the enquiries, findings suggest no evidence regulatory models in scope would have changed outcomes for those affected or offer protection against future similar issues. There is a risk that registration could result in restrictions to current scope of practice such as full and expanded scope services. Striking a balance between regulation and flexibility, is essential to support patient safety, high professional standards, and advancement of the audiology sector.

Ultimately, the goal should be to have a regulatory environment that optimises the delivery of high-quality audiological services while promoting innovation and accessibility for all Australians. There are options not included in the current consultation process, that could comprehensively address this. Audiology Australia believes the most effective way to achieve professional regulation is through mandatory registration of all audiologists and audiometrists to a Professional Practitioner Body. This should be supported through regulation changes to strengthen the powers of National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP) to increase title protection and independent oversight of quality and complaints, as well as mandatory certifications for areas of audiology that pose additional risk, through Audiology Australia.

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For more information and resources visit:  https://audiology.asn.au/policy-advocacy/audiology-regulation-consultation-on-decision-regulatory-impact-statement/

Contact

Media enquiries:

Laura Watson
Communications and PR Manager
M: 04215 18733
E: laura.watson@audiology.asn.au

General enquiries:

Elle Hoskins – Policy and Advocacy Manager
Leanne Emerson, CEO
P: 03 9940 3900
E: info@audiology.asn.au

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