Projects

2013 Projects

Advanced Allied Health Assistant Project

The Advanced Allied Health Assistant project was undertaken from February–July 2013.

The project consisted of a literature review, consultation with other states, consultation with allied health assistants and their managers across ACT Health, Calvary Healthcare and Therapy ACT, consultation with allied health assistant students as well as consumers.

The project was overseen by an Executive Management Group with input from a Project Reference Group.

The aims of the project were as follows:

  • To scope the role of the Advanced Allied Health Assistant and its potential to contribute to the delivery of quality allied health care; and to outline an educational pathway that provides skills escalation and career development to a Diploma or equivalent level qualification
  • To outline an educational pathway that provides skills escalation and career development to a Diploma or equivalent level qualification

The project report is currently being finalised and will be submitted for endorsement in August. Following endorsement, the project report and literature review will be circulated and made available here.

For further information contact:
Claire Pearce at Claire.Pearce@act.gov.au
or
Leanne Pagett at Leanne.Pagett@act.gov.au

Physiotherapy Extended Scope of Practice Project

Extended Scope Update-August 2013

ACT Health through the leadership of the Office of the Allied Health Advisor has been undertaking an exciting initiative since 2007 investigating and implementing extended scope practice roles for physiotherapists. This is a joint project with the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) at the University of South Australia. The collation of this work is available as a web resource “Tools to assist in the implementation of Extended/Advanced Allied Health Roles” via the following link:

www.unisa.edu.au/Research/Sansom-Institute-for-Health-Research/Research-at-the-Sansom/Research-Concentrations/Allied-Health-Evidence/Resources/KT/

Phase 2 of the project has commenced

Download: Communiqué July 2010 (PDF File - 63k)

A sixteen-week project commenced in February 2008 which aimed to scope the feasibility of introducing extended scope of practice for physiotherapy within ACT Health and Department Disability, Housing & Community Services (DHCS), Therapy ACT.

The Allied Health Adviser's Project Officer ran several focus groups with ACT public health physiotherapists to establish the current roles of physiotherapists and the viability of role extension within public health.

The final report has been completed (June 2008) and is now available.

Download: Report (PDF File - 1413k)

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2011 Projects

Speech Pathology Workforce Review Project

In response to identified workforce issues in speech pathology the Office of the Allied Health Adviser commenced a 24 week project in June 2011.

The project aims were to:

  • Map the speech pathology workforce in the ACT;
  • Identify the factors that impact on retention and attrition within the workforce; and
  • Identify possible workforce solutions.

Project Communiques

The project was completed in 2011 and any further information on the completed project should be directed to the Office of the Allied Health Advisor on (02) 6205 0893.

Download: Communique 1-August 2011 (Microsoft Word XML Document - 37k)

Contact Officer
Further information can be obtained from the Office of the Allied Health Advisor on (02) 6205 0893

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Nutrition and Dietetic Scope of Practice Project

A 20 week project mapping the current role and potential scope of practice for nutrition and dietitian staff within the ACT Government Health Directorate has been undertaken. The project involved an extensive literature review, review and reporting on the current practice of nutrition and dietitian health professionals within the Health Directorate and a final report containing recommendations. The report is currently being finalised.

Project aims were as listed below

  • Map the scope of practice for clinical dietetics in ACT Health’s existing Nutrition and Dietetics workforce; and
  • Research the scope of practice for nutrition and dietetics nationally and internationally, including extended scope of practice (ESP).

The project findings, including recommendations for enhancing and extending the scope of practice in the Health Directorate's nutrition and dietetics workforce, will be documented in a project report which is currently being finalised.

Further information on this project and report findings will be added to this site as available.

Communiques

Download: Communique 1: April 2011 (Microsoft Word XML Document - 25k)

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Project Communiques can be downloaded here:

Download: Communiqué June 2008 (PDF File - 57k)
Communiqué April 2008 (PDF File - 39k)

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COMPLETED PROJECTS

Radiation Therapy Extended Scope of Practice Project (2009)

A fifteen week project mapping the current role and any potential scope of practice creep for Radiation Therapists within ACT Health has been undertaken. The project involved an extensive literature review on Extended Scope of Practice for Radiation Therapists, a report on the current practice of Radiation Therapists within ACT Health and a final report containing recommendations to move to a trial of extended roles. The project included consultation with stakeholders locally and nationally as well as a survey and focus groups of current ACT Radiation Therapists.

The final report along with the literature review and current practice report is now available.

Download: Radiation Therapy Current Practice Report (PDF File - 312k)
Radiation Therapy Extended Scope Report (PDF File - 811k)
Radiation Therapy Extended Scope of Practice Literature Review (PDF File - 232k)

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Strengthening the Occupational Therapy Workforce Project (2008)

A sixteen-week project commenced in April 2008 which aimed to review the current and projected occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant workforce, across both ACT Health and Calvary Health Care ACT. The project examined workforce attraction and retention, education and training opportunities as well as occupational therapy current scope of practice. The project final report has been endorsed by Portfolio Executive and is now available from this web site. This report will guide further workforce planning initiatives.

Project Report

Download: Occupational Therapy Workforce Project Report August 2008 (PDF File - 435k)

Project bacground documents

Download: Strengthening the Occupational Therapy Workforce Project Plan (Microsoft Word Document - 127k)
Attachment B - Communication Strategy (Microsoft Word Document - 84k)
Attachment A - Terms of Reference (Microsoft Word Document - 99k)
OT Workforce Survey 2008 (PDF File - 82k)

Project Communiques

Download: OT Workforce Project Communiqué 2, June 2008 (Microsoft Word Document - 88k)
OT Workforce Project Communiqué 1, May 2008 (Microsoft Word Document - 82k)

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Providing Training for Allied Health Clinical Supervisors(2008)

This project has identified the training needs of the allied health staff within ACT health who provide clinical supervision to junior staff and allied health assistants. The project has produced a discussion paper which can be downloaded from the link below. This paper examines the evidence around clinical supervision models and the training which compliments these models. The project officer has spoken to staff groups to gather their views on gaps in training. Those staff who weren't able to make a group meeting, were sent an electronic survey.

Discussion Paper

Download: Discussion Paper: Providing Training for Allied Health Clinical Supervisors, July 2008 (PDF File - 275k)

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ACT Social Worker Background Paper (2007)

This background paper was developed in 2007 to inform the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Social Worker Working Group, a collaborative group of key stakeholders from ACT Health and the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The aim of this paper was to provide an overview of the social worker workforce within the ACT.

The final report is now available.

Download: ACT Social Worker Background Paper (PDF File - 306k)

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