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These Rules amend the Hearing Services Rules of Conduct 2005.
Administered by: Health
Registered 20 Jun 2006
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR22-Jun-2006
Tabled Senate22-Jun-2006
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Health (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014

Hearing Services Amendment Rules of Conduct 2006 (No. 1)

Hearing Services Administration Act 1997

I, SANTO SANTORO, Minister for Ageing, formulate these Rules of Conduct under subsection 17 (1) of the Hearing Services Administration Act 1997.

Dated 30 May 2006

Santo Santoro


  

  

1              Name of Rules

                These Rules are the Hearing Services Amendment Rules of Conduct 2006 (No. 1).

2              Commencement

                These Rules commence on 1 July 2006.

3              Amendment of Hearing Services Rules of Conduct 2005

                Schedule 1 amends the Hearing Services Rules of Conduct 2005.


Schedule 1        Amendments

(rule 3)

  

[1]           Subrule 4 (1), definition of Clinical Standards

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as in force at the commencement of these Rules.

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as existing on 1 July 2006.

[2]           Subrule 4 (1), definition of service provider personnel

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a Student Audiologist, a Student Audiometrist and a Trainee Audiometrist.

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a Student Audiologist and a Student Audiometrist.

[3]           Subrule 4 (1), definition of Trainee Audiometrist

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[4]           Subparagraph 7 (a) (vi)

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[5]           Paragraph 10 (4) (a)

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                (a)    for at least 12 months after completion of the 200 hours clinical practice required by subrule (2), the Student Audiometrist provides, on behalf of the contracted service provider, hearing services for voucher-holders only when subject to the on-site supervision of a qualified practitioner; and

[6]           Rule 11

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[7]           Rule 20

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20            Ongoing follow-up assistance

         (1)   A contracted service provider must, in respect of a voucher-holder who has received hearing services from the provider, provide or arrange for the provision of, any ongoing follow-up assistance that is required by the voucher-holder.

         (2)   For a period of 12 months from the date of the fitting of a hearing device by the contracted service provider under the voucher system, this ongoing follow-up assistance must be made available free of charge.

         (3)   In this rule ongoing follow-up assistance means:

                (a)    the provision of appropriate information and instruction with regard to hearing rehabilitation; and

               (b)    checking the correctness of the fitting of a hearing device and providing any necessary modification to ensure the device meets the voucher-holder’s rehabilitation needs; and

                (c)    reassessment of the voucher-holder’s rehabilitation needs and the provision of any further hearing rehabilitation services identified as necessary as a result of that reassessment.

[8]           Paragraph 27 (4) (a)

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                (a)    the applicant:

                          (i)    is an employee of a contracted service provider; and

                         (ii)    has successfully completed the NSW Technical and Further Education Certificate IV in Audiometry Course or an equivalent accredited course; and

                         (iii)    has, within 4 years after being registered as a Provisional Audiometrist, completed 2 years of audiometry practice subject to on-site supervision by a qualified practitioner, with at least 8 hours a month subject to the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner; and

[9]           Subrule 27 (7)

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subparagraph (4) (a) (ii),

[10]         Subparagraph 28 (3) (b) (ii)

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rule 30,

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rule 32,

[11]         Paragraph 28 (3) (d)

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Provisional Audiometrists, Student Audiometrists or Trainee Audiometrists

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Provisional Audiometrists or Student Audiometrists

[12]         After subrule 38 (4)

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         (5)   Where a contracted service provider fails to comply with this rule, the Minister may require the contracted service provider to refund to a voucher-holder who has chosen a top-up device as a consequence of that failure, all or part of any extra charges incurred by that voucher-holder.

[13]         After subrule 39 (2)

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         (3)   Where a contracted service provider fails to comply with this rule, the Minister may require the contracted service provider to refund to a person who has incurred charges as a consequence of that failure, all or part of those charges.

[14]         After rule 39

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39A         Verification of voucher status

         (1)   Before providing any hearing services to a voucher-holder, the contracted service provider must confirm that any hearing services required by the voucher-holder have not already been provided under the voucher.

         (2)   Where a contracted service provider fails to confirm under subrule (1), the Minister may require the contracted service provider to refund to a voucher-holder who has incurred charges as a consequence of that failure, all or part of those charges.

[15]         Rule 47

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