Scope of practice and role development for rural health practitioners

Changes to the way that health care is delivered will require the renegotiation of interprofessional boundaries. This area of research focuses on the transfer of specific skills and competencies across professional boundaries, with an emphasis on appropriateness of care and patient safety.

Publications include:

Smith T, Fisher K. Self-reported competency and continuing education needs of limited license remote X-ray operators in New South Wales, Australia. Rural and Remote Health (Online) 2011 11: 1560 

Dennis S, May J, Perkins D, Zwar N, Sibbald B, Hasan I. What evidence is there to support skill mix changes between GPs, pharmacists and practice nurses in the care of elderly people living in the community? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 2009, 6:23

Hardy M, Snaith B, Smith T, Radiographer reporting of trauma images: United Kingdom experience and the implications for evolving international practice. The Radiographer 2008; 55(1): 16-19

Smith T, Yielder J, Ajibulu O, Caruana E. Progress towards advanced practice roles in Australia, New Zealand and the Western Pacific. Radiography 2008; 14(Suppl 1): e20-e23

Smith T, 'Skill transfer' and interprofessional boundaries in rural and remote radiography. Australian Journal of Rural Health 2007; 15(4): 273-274

Smith T, Baird M. Radiographers' role in radiological reporting: a model to support future demand. Medical Journal of Australia 2007; 186(12): 629-631