Health science and technical workforce review

Proposals to streamline education and training across the allied health, science and technical workforces

The aim is to develop a multi-disciplinary education framework for the allied health, science and technical workforce – a group comprising more than 40 occupational groups, including medical laboratory technicians, prosthetists and clinical physiologists.

This will streamline learning across these professions and also make it easier for students, graduates and those already in the workforce to gain new skills or switch disciplines without retraining from scratch. This is an important part of future workforce development.

In the Framing the Future report (docx, 463 KB), the working group proposes merging disparate qualifications into proposed health science and technology degrees, diplomas and certificates. Students will study common subjects together and split into specialist modules for their chosen profession. For example, those training in sonography and clinical physiology will study anatomy, physiology and professional practice together, and split for subjects such as medical imaging science and respiratory physiology.

The framework means allied health, science and technology professionals will be able to upskill or change career by studying specialist modules rather than starting a new qualification. On-the-job experience could also count towards entry to a higher qualification.

The next step is to map core skills to identify:

  • content common across the allied health, science and technical professions
  • content common across the clinical physiology professions
  • and the specific learning required for each occupation.

This will help develop detailed curricula for the proposed qualifications. We are beginning this process with key stakeholders from professions within cardiac physiology and sonography, respiratory and sleep physiology, dialysis, clinical exercise physiology, and neurophysiology.

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