23 May 2023
A report following a post implementation review of the revised Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice (the professional capabilities) was released today.
The Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (the Board) published revised professional capabilities in November 2019 after its commitment to ensure that the capabilities were operating as intended.
The post implementation review found there is a good body of evidence, both in literature and feedback from stakeholders, that the main capabilities are operating in the way that they were intended, reducing the risk of harm, and are producing a positive effect on patient care and safety.
The review’s main findings are:
The review identified that some practitioners have experienced challenges implementing the two professional capabilities reviewed (1.7a and 1.7c). Factors that have a negative impact include unsupportive workplace cultures, lack of support from some medical specialists, and the widespread workforce shortages associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The review found that it will take time for some professional capabilities to become embedded for the whole of workforce but work well where there is a supportive team and workplace culture that builds confidence.
Our priority is patient safety. Healthcare that occurs in isolation, enables or pursues self-interests creates an unacceptable risk to patient safety. Patients, their families, the community and the health system are best served when interprofessional practice and collaborative models of care are the norm.
The obligation rests with all health practitioners to work together collaboratively, to respect another health practitioner’s capability to provide healthcare that may overlap with our own, to support and engender confidence and to seek specialist advice and guidance where it is necessary.
The Board will continue to look at professional development strategies that may be helpful in supporting more effective practice across the profession.
Why do the review?
The Board acknowledges that reviewing the professional capabilities on a regular basis is best practice. This is to ensure that the profession as a whole is contemporary in the role it plays in healthcare and is safe for the public.
It was further agreed to do the post implementation review in response to concerns raised by a specialist medical college and professional associations for the medical profession.
The review was started in late 2021. It examined consultation feedback from a wide range of stakeholders including correspondence from a specialist medical college and professional associations for the medical profession, a review of literature relevant to the capabilities as well as a review of National Scheme notifications data, and targeted consultation with major stakeholders all provided valuable feedback into the review.
The review report was considered by the Board at its December 2022 meeting and shared with key stakeholders before publication.