Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia - How the program operates

How the program operates

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How does the program operate?

Graduates who need to undertake supervised practice must find a position as a supervised practitioner and ensure their employer has identified a principal supervisor who will be responsible for coordinating formal supervision and evaluation of the supervised practitioner. The Board and AHPRA are not involved in this part of the process.

During the program, appropriate learning experiences and opportunities will be provided by supervisors to enable the supervised practitioner to develop skills, knowledge and experience necessary for safe, independent practice. The Board’s Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice describe these requirements.

Upon successful completion of the program, in which supervised practitioners have demonstrated their capability in each of the domains relevant to their division of practice, the practitioner is eligible to apply for general registration.

The process for commencing in the program is as follows:

  1. The practitioner applies for and receives provisional registration, granted following:
    1. an assessment they meet eligibility criteria, and
    2. University confirmation they have completed their program of study (occurs no earlier than first week of December)
  2. The practitioner secures a job
  3. When they have provisional registration the practitioner applies to participate in the supervised practice program by:
    1. completing form APSP-91. This form includes their details, where they are working, their principal supervisor details and a declaration they will participate in accordance with the program requirements, and
    2. emailing the completed application form to AHPRA
  4. AHPRA checks:
    1. the supervised practitioner is registered, and
    2. the principal supervisor is eligible to undertake the role (holding general registration for 2 years in the same division and does not have any conditions that would affect their capacity to provide appropriate supervision)
  5. The practitioner is notified they are confirmed in the SP program and can commence practice
  6. When the practitioner is confirmed in the program, the principal supervisor:
    1. completes the supervision implementation plan for each practitioner they are supervising
    2. completes the declaration form PDEC-91, and
    3. emails the declaration form and supervision implementation plans within 28 days of the practitioner commencing

What do supervised practitioners need to do?

The supervised practice program is designed to provide clinical experience to graduate practitioners holding provisional registration before they are registered for independent practice as medical radiation practitioners.

Following the completion of their program of study, a graduate must obtain provisional registration and be confirmed as participating in the supervised practice program.

During the 48-week program the supervised practitioner must undertake sufficient procedures in a range of clinical settings and diverse patient/client presentations to satisfy the supervisor of the practitioner’s capability as described in the Supervised practice program guide above.

How to undertake supervised practice

Step 1 Apply for provisional registration:
Step 2 Find a supervised practice position:
  • confirm your radiation licencing requirements
  • remember you cannot start working until you have graduated and hold provisional registration
Step 3 When your provisional registration is confirmed:
  • apply to participate in the supervised practice program by completing form APSP-91
Step 4 You may commence supervised practice only when:
  • you are registered with the Board
  • you meet radiation licence requirements, and
  • you are confirmed to be participating in the Board's supervised practice program
Step 5 During supervised practice:
  • participate in the SPP in accordance with the program requirements, including assessments
Step 6 On completion of supervised practice:
  • apply to the Board for general registration as a medical radiation practitioner

What do supervisors need to do?

Teaching, supervising and mentoring practitioners and students is important for their development and for the care of patients or clients. It is part of good practice to contribute to these activities and provide support, assessment, feedback and supervision for colleagues, practitioners in training and students. It also adds value to the supervisor’s practice through engagement with the person being supervised and their learning needs.

Each practitioner in the supervised practice program must have a principal supervisor who provides or coordinates their formal supervision and evaluation, including ensuring appropriate learning experiences and opportunities are offered throughout the prescribed program of supervision.

The principal supervisor can delegate day to day supervision to any medical radiation practitioner holding general registration without conditions that would impact on the provision of supervised practice. All supervisors must provide supervision in accordance with the Supervised practice program guide.

Step 1 Confirm recruitment of a supervised practitioner::
  • confirm the practitioner holds provisional registration with the Board and meets radiation licencing requirements
  • confirm the practitioner is approved to participate in the supervised practice program
Step 2 Develop a supervision implementation plan:
  • identify the instrumentation (modalities), clinical settings and patient/client presentations the practitioner will undertake
  • identify the elements of the capabilities that will be assessed using case discussions
Step 3 Submit agreement to AHPRA on the declaration form PDEC-91, consenting to perform principal supervisor role:
  • agree to provide supervision in accordance with the Board's supervised practice standard and guidelines and the Supervised practice program guide
  • include supervision implementation plan for each practitioner
Step 4 During supervised practice:
  • discuss the supervised practitioner's progress with other supervisors
  • provide ongoing feedback to the practitioner
Step 5 Undertake quarterly assessments and review supervision implementation plan:
  • discuss the supervised practitioner's progress with other supervisors and the practitioner
  • complete and submit the supervision assessment report, including details of any areas where the practitioner is making limited or no progress, and
  • review the supervision implementation plan and document any required changes
Step 6 On completion of the practitioner's supervised practice:
  • provide a final assessment report to the Board

How does assessment occur?

Professional capability is a reflection of how a practitioner applies their professional judgement, decision-making skills and experiential knowledge to apply their scientific knowledge, practical skills and ability in any given situation.

Supervisors are required to provide at least four progress reports throughout a supervised practice year-long program. Guidance is provided in the Supervised practice program guide and additional support materials will be provided on the website as they become available.

The reports provide an assessment of the practitioner’s progress, measured against the professional capabilities. They are submitted by the principal supervisor at the end of each three-month period, following a discussion between the supervisor and the practitioner. Report templates are available to download and use in the discussions with the practitioner and other supervisors.

To complete and submit assessments, supervisors log-in to the supervisor services area of the Board’s website. Further instructions are provided below.

Page reviewed 2/07/2019