ASC Participates In National Certification Scheme for Medical Laboratory Scientists and Technicians Project.
The Australian Society of Cytology Inc. has been invited to participate in and contribute to the National Certification Scheme for Medical Laboratory Scientists and Technicians Project.
Initiated jointly by AIMS and AACB and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health through the Quality Use of Pathology Program (QUPP), the aim of this project is to explore the development and structure of a national professional certification model for the medical laboratory scientist and technician workforce in Australia.
Following a Discussion Paper published in November, Jenny Ross (President ASC) and Terese Boost (Chief Examiner) have represented the Society at two workshops and two Delph conferences facilitated by Human capital Alliance.
The aim of these is to shape initial consensus on a possible way forward on a professional certification model that is objective, evidence-based and sustainable.
There has been rigorous discussion around various aspects of a possible certification module particularly around issues such as entry and participation requirements, competency standards, assessment methods, cost, accountability and governance, levels of certification and possible sanctions.
Progress has been rapid and a position paper which addresses these issues is being developed.
Establishing a way to guarantee the quality of the pathology scientist workforce and recognising the critical work performed by scientists and technicians has been a long-held goal for many in the profession.
For more information visit http://humancapitalalliance.com.au/work/new-hca-project-linking-health-workforce-and-quality/