Supervised practice

Some registered practitioners may be required to undertake supervised practice by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the Board).

Supervised practice enables practitioners to provide medical radiation services under the supervision of a medical radiation practitioner who holds general registration.

Practitioners must hold a type of registration issued by the Board to undertake a program of supervised practice required to attain general registration or to satisfy conditions of their registration.

The supervised practice arrangements for medical radiation practice are provided by the approved registration standard which is complimented by guidelines and a program guide.

All supervisors and supervised practitioners should take the time to read through the following:

Document name PDF Accessible format Date of effect
Supervised Practice Registration Standard PDF (49.2KB) Word version 
(481KB,DOCX)
June 2014
Supervised practice guidelines PDF (83.2KB) Word version 
(106KB,DOCX)
June 2014
Provisional registration guidelines PDF (43.8KB) Word version 
(88.7KB,DOCX)
June 2014
Supervised practice program guide PDF (191KB) Word version
(488KB,DOCX)
November 2014

Supervised practice programs are provided to ensure practitioners meet the requirements of registration and are capable of safe, independent practice.

The supervised practice program is administered by AHPRA on behalf of the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the Board). This is the only supervised practice program approved by the Board. The Supervised practice program guide below outlines the program requirements. Graduates and supervisors are encouraged to become familiar with the guide.

Queries regarding supervised practice should be sent to mrpsupervisedpractice@ahpra.gov.au.

Frequently asked questions

The key features of the supervised practice program are:

  • A single, nationally consistent approach to supervision and supervised practice programs. 
  • Streamlined administration processes with supervised practice programs for all divisions under the one framework. 
  • Recognition that the principal supervisors are in the best position to determine the necessary level of supervision appropriate to the skills, experience and expertise of the supervised practitioner within the scope of the Board’s guidelines. 
  • Training and resources provided to supervisors to facilitate consistency and assist supervisors’ capacity to provide appropriate supervision.

The Approved Programs of Study list provides information to graduates on the type of registration the Board has approved for each program of study. This information is contained in the ‘View details’ section of each listing.

Those eligible for provisional registration are required to complete the Board’s supervised practice program.

Provisional registrants are required to undertake 48 (equivalent full-time) weeks of supervised practice, with four assessment reports. Practitioners are able to take breaks during the program or work part time, subject to their individual workplace arrangements.

The Board has recognised that the principal supervisors are in the best position to determine the necessary level of supervision of practitioners. The skills and experience of the supervised practitioner must be considered in determining the most appropriate arrangements.

Principal supervisors will determine the necessary level of supervision appropriate to the skills, experience and expertise of the supervised practitioner. The levels of supervision are identified in the Supervised practice program guide. The guide sets out the principles the Board considers central to safe and effective supervision and includes important features to provide a balance between the reason for supervision, the practitioner’s competence, level of training and individual employment, and are sufficiently flexible to accommodate rural and remote practice.

The level of supervision provided may include direct, indirect and/or remote supervision that ensures the supervised practitioner is able to take increasing responsibility for their practice as they progress to independent practice. The Board has also included an explanation that a supervised practitioner cannot practise as a sole practitioner as it views this is not suitable for practitioners under supervision.

The Supervised practice program guideSupervised practice registration standard and Supervised practice guidelines also support the requirement that the principal supervisor takes adequate steps to ensure that the supervised practitioner is practising safely. This includes that the needs of the supervised practitioner are paramount in determining the level of supervision, but does not mean supervisors are responsible for the actions of a supervised practitioner. Supervisors are responsible for providing an appropriate environment where the supervised practitioner can practice safely while progressing through their program of supervised practice.

The principal supervisor ensures the practitioner is appropriately supervised an environment where they can practice safely while progressing through their program of supervised practice. They also undertake and submit quarterly assessments documenting the practitioner’s progress.

If the principal supervisor is planning to be away, appropriate supervision arrangements should be made in advance when possible and communicated to the supervised practitioner and other potential supervisors.

The responsibility for completing and submitting assessment reports for each supervised practitioner is not transferrable and must be must be done by the principal supervisor. Reports are due at 12 week intervals during the program. If the principal supervisor is planning to be away for four weeks or less over the time when a report is due, they should complete the report on their return. The practitioner will not be penalised in these circumstances. To reduce administrative burden, principal supervisors are not required to notify AHPRA of the absence.

If the length of absence is longer than four weeks, the principal supervisor needs to notify the Board via email to mrpsupervisedpractice@ahpra.gov.au of the date they will return to work. If the planned absence is more than eight weeks, another principal supervisor should be nominated as the principal supervisor. They will be required to complete the declaration form PDEC-91 (315 KB,PDF) from the website. The original principal supervisor can return to that role on their return if they notify APHPRA via email.

When you have completed all the requirements identified in the supervised practice program guide, usually over a 48 week period, you can then apply for general registration with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (through AHPRA).

Your principal supervisor will confirm with AHPRA that you have completed all requirements which will enable AHPRA to process your application for general registration.

A practitioner can apply to extend the length of their supervised practice program when they have not met the capability requirements necessary to apply for general registration.

An applicant must have confirmed support for the proposed extension from their employer and principal supervisor, and hold provisional registration or general registration with conditions that require a program of supervised practice.

An application to extend supervised practice must be made by the practitioner and supported by the principal supervisor using form AESP-91 (412 KB,PDF). Applications may be submitted up to four weeks before the scheduled program completion date. The Board will then consider the information provided in the form to decide if additional supervised practice is approved.

Queries regarding supervised practice should be sent to mrpsupervisedpractice@ahpra.gov.au.

 
 
 
Page reviewed 15/12/2016