Practice means any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a health practitioner in the profession. For the purposes of National Board’s Recency of practice registration standard, practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes working in a direct non-clinical relationship with clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession and/or use the individual’s professional skills.
Mentoring is a developmental partnership through which one practitioner (mentor) shares knowledge, skills, information and perspective to foster the personal and professional growth of another practitioner. The mentoring relationship is generally considered by the National Board to be more interactive and less formal than that of a supervisor role and has different responsibilities and obligations. For the purposes of these guidelines, mentoring is required to take place to achieve defined learning outcomes and objectives as set out in the approved further education and training by mentoring and/or counselling plan.
A Board-approved person is a suitably qualified and experienced practitioner that is approved by the Board for the purpose of further education. This person must be an experienced registered practitioner, with a minimum of three years’ practice as a registered practitioner and not be subject to any conditions, undertakings or reprimands that might affect their ability to be an effective educator/mentor/counsellor. Only in appropriate circumstances would a professional who is not a chiropractor be considered as a Board-approved person, such as for counselling or further education on specific content or in very remote locations.
The National Board maintains a list of approved persons in each state and territory for the purposes of further education. Additional people may be appointed to this list if required. The Board-approved person has a responsibility to adhere to the agreement they enter into with the National Board to administer the approved plan.
The practitioner is the registered practitioner who receives the further education by mentoring and/or counselling from the Board-approved person in accordance with an approved further education and training plan.
Counselling in this context is a learning-oriented process, which occurs usually in an interactive relationship between a counsellor and a counselee; with the aim of helping a practitioner to learn more about themselves, and to use such understanding to become an effective member of their healthcare profession. For the purposes of these guidelines, the counselling is to take place to achieve defined learning outcomes and objectives as set out in the approved further education and training plan.
An approved further education and training plan (approved plan) is a plan that is agreed between the Board-approved person and the practitioner which sets out the outcomes and objectives of the required further education and training and is subsequently approved by the National Board.
Further education and training for the purposes of these guidelines is further education and training by a Board-approved person under an approved plan that is distinct from that provided by an educational institution.
Supervision differs to further education and training in a mentoring or counseling relationship. It is a formal process of professional oversight, guidance, support and learning which enables a practitioner (supervisee) to develop knowledge and competence and assume responsibility for their own practice and enhance public protection and safety. Generally, a supervisor is not responsible for developing learning outcomes and formally conducting learning activities to achieve those outcomes as would be the case for a Board-appointed person in further education in a mentoring or counselling relationship.
A Board-approved person’s report is a document submitted in the format approved by the National Board at the intervals agreed in the approved plan and details progress against the approved plan.