A Ministerial Taskforce was established in March 2013 to identify opportunities for expanding health practitioners scope of practice. The final report was launched by the Hon Lawrence Springborg MP, Minister for Health on 4 June 2014.
Read the full report (PDF, 2.6MB), allied health service delivery models (Appendix A) (PDF, 417KB), supporting summary table (PDF 164KB), and implementation plan (PDF, 330KB).
Taskforce findings focussed on expanding the scope of practice of the allied health professions to:
- optimise full scope of practice
- extend scope of practice in appropriate contexts
- delegate tasks to the support workforce to enable full scope and extended scope.
Six recommendations are made to optimise delivery of patient-centred and cost-effective services through allied health professionals expanding their scope of practice:
- Recommendation 1: Hospital and Health Boards to lead the implementation of models of care that include allied health professionals expanding their scope of practice.
- Recommendation 2: Service agreements between the Department of Health and each Hospital and Health Service to require the implementation of models of care that include allied health professionals expanding their scope of practice, and to report annually.
- Recommendation 3: Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland to showcase to Hospital and Health Services, the Queensland Clinical Senate and clinical networks opportunities to enhance patient experiences and provide cost-effective services through allied health professionals expanding their scope of practice.
- Recommendation 4: The Department of Health to support redesign of models of care to improve the patient journey and deliver cost-effective services in outpatient clinics, emergency departments and mental health services by allied professionals expanding their scope of practice.
- Recommendation 5: The Department of Health to address barriers to allied health professionals expanding their scope of practice by:
– identifying and implementing alternative funding models and incentives with relevant partners
– amending regulation, legislation and policy
– developing measures and facilitating research into the outcomes of full scope of practice and extended scope tasks to further contribute to evidence.
- Recommendation 6: Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland, in partnership with education providers, accreditation bodies and professional associations, to develop and facilitate access to education, training and tools to support allied health professionals to expand their scope of practice.
The recommendations are designed to realise more effective and efficient use of the allied health workforce in order to achieve better outcomes for patients, the community and the workforce within Queensland Health.
Reporting on the implementation progress of the Taskforce recommendations will be six-monthly (September and March each year). Progress report 1 (PDF, 118KB) outlines achievements from January to September 2014, while progress report 2 (PDF, 276KB) documents achievements from October 2014 to March 2015. These reports highlight key areas of progress, issues and risks that have been identified to date, as well as priorities for the next reporting round.