Australian Medical Association (AMA)

Australian Medical Association (AMA)

Non-medical health practitioner scope of practice

ASPS advocates for the protection of patient safety in relation to scope of practice of health practitioners with the AMA.

The Optometry Board of Australia approved guidelines that expand the scope of practice of non-medical health practitioners to include prescribing privileges without or with limited medical practitioner involvement. The AMA are concerned that this may set a precedent to circumvent Ministerial approval mechanisms and impact negatively upon patient safety.

President ASPS wrote a letter of support to President AMA in relation to its advocacy with AHPRA. Read more below:

AMA’s letter (Sept 2013)
ASPS response (Dec 2013)
Optometry Board Guidelines (Dec 2013)