Expanded Scopes of Practice Program

We know from Health Workforce 2025 -  Doctors, Nurses and Midwives that doctors are not always easily accessible for parts of the Australian community, particularly in regional, rural and remote areas. Expanding the scope of health professionals within areas of high needs is one way of addressing this.

Health Workforce Australia’s Expanded Scopes of Practice Program is funding projects within health and ambulance services to help broaden the roles of health professionals.

The program includes undertaking the implementation phase of expanding the scope and uptake of new or redesigned roles of health workers and increasing recruitment within areas of high needs with the aim of improving productivity, retention, accessibility, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare services.

This involves undertaking a number of targeted innovative health workforce reform initiatives with a specific focus on role redesign and expanding the scope of existing health workers in acute and primary care settings.

Projects

Evaluation of Expanded Scopes of Practice Program is designed to measure impact from the perspective of the health system, providers and consumers.

Nurse endoscopists are part of an interdisciplinary team of health professionals working collaboratively to deliver safe, high quality, patient-centred care.

Extended Care Paramedics are experienced paramedics with advanced training and skills who treat patients in their usual place of residence, reducing emergency department presentations and inter-facility transfers.

Expanding the scope of nurses in emergency departments enables patient care when a doctor is not readily available.
Expanding the scope of physiotherapists in emergency departments enables patient care when a doctor is not readily available.