ARC Linkage Grant (OET Writing Criteria)

Towards improved healthcare communication: Development and validation of language proficiency standards for non-native English speaking health professionals

The LTRC is working on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant, together with colleagues in the Medical Education Unit of the Melbourne Medical School and the Departments of Nursing in the School of Health Sciences. The industry partner is the Occupational English Test Centre.  The project, entitled ‘Towards improved quality of written patient records: language proficiency standards for non-native speaking health professionals’, aims to establish the professionally relevant criteria for the OET writing tests.  This will be done by examining a collection of handover documentation from real patient records and gaining insights from health professionals on how they produce these records and what they value in them, then applying these criteria to the OET and setting minimum standards for professional registration.