Associate Members must hold a minimum Diploma of Audiometry (or similar) from an Australian TAFE. Once application for Associate Membership is approved by ACAud a minimum 6 month supervision program is required to be undertaken.
Hours of Supervision*
|HOURS OF SUPERVISION
|1 – 4
30 hours per week minimum to include 15 hours per week minimum at the elbow
|100% of case files
|5 - 14
15 hours per week minimum to include 7.5 hours per week minimum at the elbow
|100% of case files
|15 - 26**
7.5 hours per week minimum with at elbow as required
|50% of case files
Logged hours are based on full time equivalent employment (38 hours per week)
Pro rata applied as a percentage of employed hours. Please note ACAud Secretariat to be advised of employed hours.
An Associate is NOT PERMITTED to see any clients at all (HSP or Private) during Level 1 and 2 without either being at elbow (same room) or having the supervisor on site. It is only once Level 3 is obtained ie ‘Week 15’ minimum and having passed the mid-term examination that clients can be seen remotely without a supervisor under-roof. Progression to Level 3 (able to see clients without a supervisor on site except for 7.5 hrs a ‘week’) can only begin once the examination has been passed and you have the email response from ACAud on the approved Level 3 start date. Time spent as a receptionist or CSO role is not to be considered in the supervision times.
A ‘week’ is defined as a period of 5 days or more during which the required _MINIMUM_ hours of supervision is acquired. A ‘week’ can easily exceed the minimum requirements, but is still only counted as a week
At Elbow Supervision
Associate conducting the appointment with their supervisor present in the same room observing them
Under same roof supervision, Associate and Supervisor can be consulting independently but present at the same clinic together
Primary Supervisor (required)
Must have held Full Membership with a PPB (Practitioner Professional Body) for a minimum of 3 Years
Secondary Supervisor (optional)
Must hold Full Membership with a PPB (Practitioner Professional Body)
**PPB (Practitioner Professional Body) include ACAud, Audiology Australia & HAASA
Supervisory Plan must be submitted and approved by ACAud prior to 6 month supervision program commencing.
Upon completion of each level of supervision log books & quarterly supervision reports must be submitted in order to progress to the next level of supervision.
Levels 1 & 2 Supervision require onsite supervision. Nearing completion of Level 2 supervision, Associates are required to undertake a Mid Term Examination, once passing this examination Associates are eligible to progress to Level 3. Level 3 supervision means you have the ability to work offsite from your supervisor. An examination fee of $110 incl. GST is payable prior to sitting the exam.
Upon completion of the 6 month supervision program Associates are required to undertake a HRS (Hearing Rehabilitation Specialist) Case Study Examination. This Examination attracts an examination fee of $860.00
A person deemed not competent in HRS (Hearing Rehabilitation Specialist) examination on the third occasion is not eligible to reapply for examination. A submission to the ACAud Board for special consideration will be considered, special consideration must detail why an exemption should be given.
Once supervision program is completed and HRS examination is successfully passed your status will be upgraded from Associate Member of ACAud to Full/Ordinary Audiometrist member of ACAud. As a Full/Ordinary Member of ACAud you will be eligible to apply for a Qualified Practitioner number with the Office of Hearing Services.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact ACAud:
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P | (07) 3839 1622
M | 0429 357 375