Are you part of an allied health profession which ensures recency of purpose of practice?


The purpose of practice is to ensure quality and safety of care by keeping the knowledge and skills of health professionals current. But what exactly is practice? And can it be retained as clinicians move into management roles?

Let’s take a look at this definition from Exercise and Sport Science Australia as an example:

Practice is defined as:

Any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a practitioner in their profession. Practice includes the direct provision of services to clients, and the use of professional knowledge and/or skill in a direct clinical or non-clinical way. This includes non-direct relationships with clients, such as working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles; and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of exercise and sports science services.

The definition of practice is broad to capture the depth and breadth of exercise and sports science practice, however acceptable roles must use the expertise (knowledge and skills) of your accreditation. It is important to note that practice is not limited to seeing clients, but includes a variety of other types of activities related to your professional scope of practice.

Every situation is different and if you require clarification, it is best to check with your own professional body as soon as possible to avoid stress around re-accreditation and auditing time.