Competency-based standards for Medical Scientists

John Merlino, S Palladino, Paul Sheehan, Tony Badrick, David Thorburn, L Weinholt, Tony Prior, Greg Ward, Susan Janet Matthews, J. Noble, T Woods, V K Williams, K Bertram

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    This document specifies Competency Standards for Australian Medical Scientists working in a diagnostic
    pathology setting. These standards have been developed to reflect the contribution normally expected from
    a person with a degree in a relevant area of science or applied science from an Australian (or equivalent)
    university, together with two years relevant professional experience in an accredited laboratory. This is the
    entry level of a scientist to this profession and reflects a combination of qualifications, skills and the
    assumption of personal responsibilities and accountability.
    The first six units are required for all medical scientists as a minimum, whereas the last four represent more
    advanced competencies which would be required over additional time and are expected of scientists
    performing the roles of supervisor/manager. Given the wide range of professional groups encompassed by
    "Medical Science", it is intended that a scientist may be measured against these competencies in relation to
    a specific discipline or across several disciplines.
    This document concentrates on the general competencies for Medical Scientists. In contrast, task-specific
    competencies refer to individual disciplines (e.g. haematology, microbiology) and are described in Range
    Statements and Evidence Guides.
    Although the competencies described are for Medical Scientists, they are not all exclusive to this group;
    some (e.g. technical procedures, interpretation, clerical work) may be common to several groups, but
    practised in different contexts. Thus, these same competencies may be applied to all staff in the Medical
    Laboratory Workforce based on the appropriateness to their role.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages21
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventPathology Associations Council -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


    ConferencePathology Associations Council
    Period1/01/09 → …


    • competency
    • medical scientists
    • Standards


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