Area of practice endorsement (AoPE) is a regulatory mechanism which enables a notation to be included on the public Register of Practitioners to identify psychologists who have advanced qualifications and supervised practice in an approved area.
There are nine approved areas of practice for which psychologists with general registration may be endorsed:
Detailed information about AoPE requirements are set out in the Area of practice endorsement registration standard and supporting information is provided in the Guidelines for area of practice endorsement.
We appreciate that understanding how regulation of AoPE works in practice can be complicated. It is important to think about it in context of health practitioner regulation more generally. To assist, we have provided responses to some of the questions the Board commonly receives in relation to AoPE:
There are no restricted interventions that only a Psychologist can provide.
Restrictions on the practice of a health profession are only imposed where a clear risk to the public has been identified that requires additional regulation. The National Law only restricts the scope of health professionals in relation to a small number of specific interventions, such as certain dental acts, prescription of optical appliances, and spinal manipulation. This restriction means that only specified professions are permitted to practice the restricted interventions.
Even though there are no services that are restricted to being provided by psychologists, this does not mean that psychologists can provide any service they wish. Psychologists should be mindful to provide evidenced-based interventions and services within their competence when working with clients.