As Health Workers and Health Practitioners, we each have a role and responsibilities in the work place and the services that we work in. Although, there might be some consistency in functions and activities across the profession, specific job duties and responsibilities may differ to our colleagues. The differences are largely determined by state and territory legislation, our training and education, the service needs, and our role and responsibilities. These differences are what make us so important in the health sector, but are also why defining our Scope of Practice is essential.
What is a Scope of Practice?
1. A profession’s Scope of Practice.
This is the full spectrum of roles, functions, responsibilities, activities and decision-making capacities which individuals who make up the profession are educated, competent and authorised to perform.
2. An individual’s Scope of Practice.
The duties which the individual is education, authorised and competent to perform, whether an individual is registered with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner Board or not.
A Scope of Practice is influenced by the wider environment, specific workplaces and jobs, legislation, policy and education qualifications and skills.
How does the framework help?
The national Framework provides guidelines in the development of Scopes of Practice for Health Workers and Health Practitioners in each jurisdiction and/or health service. The document includes:
- Definition and descriptions of the key elements of a Scope of Practice
- A step-by-step guide for health services, management and an Individual Health Worker or Health Practitioner to work through to develop and review individual scopes of practice.
To view NATSIHWA's National Framework for Determining Scope of Practice for the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker and Health Practitioner Workforce and for an editable version of the Tool for Determining Scope of Practice please Click here
We have a number of examples of how to use the template to define an individual’s scope of practice. Please click the links below for different job role examples:
NATSIHWA also launched a Scope of Practice video, which you can view here