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Extended Scope of Practice

Extended scope of practice is a discrete knowledge and skill base additional to the recognised scope of practice of a profession and regulatory context of a particular jurisdiction.


Allied health professionals extending their scope of practice are required to ensure that appropriate governance is in place.  Resources to assist with governance, including credentialing, are available on the Clinical Governance and Credentialing page.

Allied health professional prescribing trials within Queensland Health

A framework has been established to support the development, implementation and evaluation of prescribing trials by allied health professionals in Queensland public health services not already authorised to prescribe under the Health Drugs and Poisons Regulation 1996.

The Office of the Chief Allied Health Officer contracted Queensland University of Technology to review the current status of the speech pathology, dietetic and psychology qualifications, against the national Prescribing Competencies Framework. The report outlines current capabilities of speech pathologists, dietitians and psychologists, and identifies competency areas that require additional training before a prescribing role can be considered.

Allied health professional skill-sharing

Professional skill-sharing involves two or more allied health professionals sharing knowledge, skills and responsibilities across professional boundaries in assessment, diagnosis, planning and/or intervention. The patient journey is enhanced through more efficient assessment and discharge planning processes and improved continuity of care. Resources to develop safe and effective skill sharing models include:

Last updated: 22 December 2022

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