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According to the "National Standard for
Credentialing and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice for
Medical Practitioners", credentialing is defined as, "the formal
process used to verify the qualifications, experience and
professional standing of medical practitioners for the purpose of
forming a view about their competence, performance and professional
suitability to provide safe, high quality health care services
within specific organisational environments."
It is important that you and your practice staff
are appropriately credentialed and have a defined scope of practice
or clinical privileges that are consistent with the national
Privileging and credentialing should be thought of as a process
for the initial granting or approval of clinical privileges for all
health care professionals and the ongoing re-validation and review
of those clinical privileges.
All new and existing clinical staff employed in the practice
should be appropriately qualified and experienced to perform their
role, and should be able to provide evidence of the same.
The public register of practitioners available on the AHPRA
website can provide high-level information about the status of all
health practitioners who are registered to practise in Australia.
The register provides information on the specialty of practice that
the practitioner is registered to practice and any endorsements or
conditions on their registration.
Download the Privileging & Credentialing checklist
Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care (2005), Credentialing and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice Handbook
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Credentialing for Health Professionals