Competency framework for ACT Health Clinical Measurement Sciences (CMS)

Ms Kelli Rixon1, Mr Luke Cartwright1, Mr Derek Figurski1, Ms Angela Borbelj1, Mr Martin Urban1, Mrs Annette Carroll1, Mrs Lauren Brooks1

1ACT Health, Woden, Australia


Aim: To develop a framework that outlines knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes required by CMS scientific staff (cardiac, neurophysiology, respiratory and sleep sciences).


  • Review of:

o             Standards of Practice for ACT Health Allied Health Professionals

o             Allied Health (AH) work level standards

o             AH credentialing requirements

o             Competencies within ACT Health (ACTH) CMS

o             National/International publications about CMS professional standards and training

Results: The Framework consists of five generic domains that allow for consistent application across the disciplines:

  1. Professional conduct
  2. Scientific knowledge
  3. Clinical skills
  4. Procedural proficiency
  5. Professional development


  • Historically there have been no CMS-specific undergraduate courses in Australia. The entry point to the CMS professions is an undergraduate degree in medical science or health science. There are CMS-specific postgraduate courses; enrolled students need to be working in the specific discipline.
  • The benefits from implementing the Framework:
  • Providing a standardised approach for the assessment, maintenance and monitoring of knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes
  • Clearly communicate what CMS need to do to be effective in their role
  • Helping to identifying gaps in competency and training requirements
  • Allowing for effective evaluation of performance
  • CMS are currently non-regulated professions; raising issues of accountability and responsibility. The Standards of Practice for ACT Health Allied Health Professionals are currently the over-arching reference for all ACT Health CMS staff. The Framework aligns with the Standards.
  • ACTH is committed to ensuring AH professionals are appropriately qualified and experienced; through credentialing and defining scope of practice processes. Registered AH professions are governed by a profession-specific framework. Non-regulated professions function outside of a formal regulation structure. Credentialing requirements emphasise the importance for a competency framework for non-regulated professions.