Competency frameworks provide a means of benchmarking your professional competence and development against determined standard. They can be a useful way of making sure you’re on the right track, and give you an idea of areas you would like to focus your professional development towards. Health professionals have many different types competencies, which can include:
Profession Specific Competencies: Competencies unique to a clinical situation of clinical profession (e.g. physiotherapy specific competencies). All professional associations have available competency frameworks specific to the allied health profession. Some organisations also have developed profession specific technical competencies.
Shared Profession Competencies: Compencies shared by a number of health professions in the delivery of health services. This may include competencies for a practice setting (e.g. rural and remote), a particular program area (e.g. mental health, aged care, child development), or working with a particular patient cohort (e.g. cultural competencies).
Generic Competencies: Competencies shared by staff working within the health organisation (e.g competencies such as basic life support, fire and safety, hand hygiene etc). Regular training in these competencies is typically provided by an organisation.
Competency Frameworks & You
- Have you identified competency frameworks relevant to your role and discipline?
- Where can you look for these frameworks?
- How can competency assessment impact your development?
The Australian Government is currently undertaking a project to identify core competencies for Australian Health Professionals.
- Professional Associations
- Rural and Remote Allied Health Competency Frameworks (WA Country Health Service)
- Health Workforce Competency Principles.