Staff Support and Development

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All Allied Health staff at Northern Health participate in and are supported by the Supervision Framework which offers structured regular supervision. Continuing education opportunities include site based departmental in-service programs, the multidisciplinary New Graduate Program and wider allied health and Northern Health education programs.

The organisation sees great value in developing strong and resilient leaders and invests in this development. Northern Health Allied Health offers formal education for both senior and junior staff junior to support staff in the challenges associated with career advancement. Northern Health also gives staff the opportunity to take part in numerous leadership development programs.

Working in the Allied Health team at Northern Health provides opportunities to develop skills in leadership, management and supervision.


Exercise Physiology
The EP group meet bi-monthly to facilitate consistent practice, provide peer education and promote evidence based care. Twice yearly they take part in the physiotherapy department organisation-wide evidence based practice seminar, which highlights specific evidence to support practice change and development.

Hand Therapy
The Hand Therapists participate in structured supervision and professional development, including monthly journal clubs, attendance at case discussions, ward rounds and the Australian Hand Therapy Association meetings. Hand Therapists are also provided with the opportunity to attend professional development activities for their discipline.

Nutrition and Dietetics
The entire team meet monthly to  cover a number of professional development activities including journal club and journal watch, professional development session, IDNT (International Dietetic and Nutrition Terminology) implementation training, food club, and other departmental requirements as they arise. Supervision occurs on a regular basis with all staff and the focus is on supporting not only the clinical development of individuals, but also their interpersonal and teamwork skills. Supervision is facilitated by skilled senior supervisors

Occupational Therapy
All Occupational Therapists are members of a clinical cohort. Each cohort is chaired by a Senior Clinician. Cohort activities focus on professional development, quality improvement, service development and evidence based practice. The Occupational Therapy cohorts are:

  • Pressure Injury Prevention and Management
  • Falls prevention and Management
  • Cognition and Dementia
  • CTS (HACC)
  • Evidence Based Practice/Quality/Research
  • Home Modifications and Equipment
  • Neuro and Stroke

There is also an annual professional development calendar for the Occupational Therapy service, which includes in-services and workshops delivered by internal and external presenters. OT team members also have the opportunity to participate in Allied Health development programs (such as the new graduate program and programs to develop student and staff supervision skills) and programs offered through the NH Education unit and People and Culture.


Orthoptics
The Orthoptics team meets bi-monthly, covering a number of components including a business meeting and a professional development piece. Each team member shares their experiences from either external PD attendance or reading of recent literature.

Orthotics
 The service is committed to advancing skills and experience through attendance at continuing education programs, conferences, and team building activities. As a department we provide and develop educational in-services for a variety of health care staff. The Orthotics department facilitates a bi-monthly evidence based Journal club which aims to foster best practice approaches to health care, learning and research opportunities within the department.

Physiotherapy
The physiotherapy department is committed to delivering best practice, evidence based care and has developed cross campus special interest streams, led by Grade 3 and 4 staff. These groups provide education, promote best practice, facilitate research and evaluation and provide a forum for peer learning. The current special interest groups include

  • Cardiorespiratory
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurology and Gerontology
  • Paediatrics
  • Women’s Health and Continence

These groups arrange seminars each year utilising prominent external presenters as well as providing regular in house education led by senior staff members.

Many senior staff have postgraduate qualifications and this, along with their clinical expertise, provides an environment conducive to learning and development. Staff also attend regular professional development programs including site based departmental in-service programs and journal clubs,as well as wider allied health and Northern Health education programs. Twice yearly, the physiotherapy department meets for an organisation-wide evidence based practice seminar which highlights specific evidence to support practice change and development.

Podiatry
 As a department we provide and develop educational in-services for a variety of health care staff. The Podiatry department facilitates a monthly evidence based Journal club which aims to foster best practice approaches to health care, learning and research opportunities within the department.

Psychology
Most senior staff have postgraduate qualifications and this, along with their clinical expertise, provides an environment conducive to learning and development.
Psychology is committed to advancing skills and experience through attendance at continuing education programs, conferences, and team building activities. As a department we provide and develop educational in-services for a variety of health care staff.


Social Work
Social Workers keen to enhance their clinical skills and experience in research and quality projects will find there are many opportunities for professional development at Northern Health.
There are many opportunities to learn from your peers within the team through in-services and close working relationships.

The service is committed to advancing skills and experience through participation in continuing education programs, conferences, and team building activities. As a department we provide and develop educational in-services for a variety of health care staff.

Speech Pathology
The department has a strong focus on evidence based care and has developed cross campus quality projects directed by the Speech Pathology Business Plan. These groups provide education, promote best practice, facilitate research and evaluation and provide a forum for peer learning. The current projects include:

  • Behavioural Mealtime Assessment & Plan
  • Paediatric Videofluoroscopy training package
  • Tracheal suctioning
  • Allied Health Assistant Training Package
  • Aphasia & CALD friendly material

Continuing education opportunities include site based departmental in-service programs, the multidisciplinary New Graduate Program and wider allied health and Northern Health education programs.