The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is developing a formal pathway to recognise advanced clinical practice of their members in the profession. They are looking to standardise and credential competencies to recognise specialisation and to be able to give appropriate titling relating to advanced practice. The APA believes that in the future, the public and private sectors will be able to align their pay scales and roles with these standards and competencies.
For advanced practice, members must have either, or preferably both, a coursework masters program or have undergone an experiential pathway.
Details of the plan moving forwards were published in the December 2015 edition of InMotion magazine.
The Physiotherapy Career Pathway framework will involve a consultant to implement a white paper, and a meeting in February 2016 where recommendations will be made to the APA Board. A temporary Career pathway Reference Group will provide input to the consultant, while APA employees will assist the consultant. Existing committees and entities may also provide input to the Career Pathway Reference Group.
To enable a smooth transition to the new Physiotherapy Career Pathway, that APA has said that:
- All current APA entities will continue to contribute to their entities progress and be provided with framework updates
- The APA encourages external commercial professional development (PD) providers to participate on the APA PD framework as presenters or under licence agreements
- External course accreditation will cease
- The APA will cease the advertising of external courses that are where current external accreditation does not exist and where the content duplicates APA course material
- APA facilities will be used only for APA PD events
- Internal course accreditation will commence on the new quality framework
- The APA will provide enhanced promotion for all courses and workshops listed on the APA calendar
- A 2016 calendar and course prospectus will be released to members by 31 January 2016.
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