In common with other countries, Victoria’s health system is evolving to meet a range of challenges and opportunities. To address these, the Department of Health and Human Services has encouraged health services to grow the numbers and range of skills of the allied health sector, including through investment in advanced practice roles.
Advanced practice roles are roles that are currently within the recognised scope of practice for a profession, but that through custom and practice have been performed by other professions. Properly designed and resourced, there is now a growing body of evidence that such roles are having a positive impact on patient care through improved access, efficiency, workforce productivity and patient experience.
Sharing Advanced Practice in Allied Health forum
The department is pleased to present two Sharing advanced practice in allied health forums, and would like to invite interested senior clinicians and managers from across the sector to attend.
The two sessions will showcase different roles, and will outline some of the range of advanced allied health roles currently operating in the Victorian health system.
The forums will be held on:
- Monday 12 September 2016, at 1.00pm to 4.30pm
- Monday 3 October 2016, at 9.10am to 12.30pm
Both forums will be held at 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Access will also be available via videoconference at selected regional sites.
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Advanced Practice in Allied Health Workforce Grant Program
To support Victorian health care providers to establish and embed proven advanced practice roles into new services or settings the department has provided funding through the Advanced Practice in Allied Health Workforce Grant Program. This funding compliments the Allied health credentialing, competency and capability framework, which provides a platform for the safe introduction of new allied health services models, therapies, procedures and roles, including advanced practice roles.
The 2015-16 Advanced Practice in Allied Health Workforce grant program recently closed, and the department was very pleased to receive over 100 applications from across Victoria. The number and diversity of the applications reflected the excellent quality of allied health services and clinicians in Victoria, and their commitment to developing and delivering creative approaches to service delivery.
The following projects have received funding through the program, and will be commencing shortly:
Projects funded through 2014-2015 grant round are listed below:
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Advanced practice case studies
In consultation with health services, the department has developed a suite of advanced practice case studies to support Victorian health care providers in establishing and embedding proven advanced practice roles into new services or settings. It is anticipated that these case studies will assist services to understand how to implement similar roles in other services and settings.
The case studies showcase advanced practice roles within Victorian metropolitan and regional health services across a range of allied health professions and help build an evidence base on their service and workforce impacts. The case studies demonstrate that advanced practice roles can successfully increase options for service provision, as well as enable development of additional career pathways and leadership opportunities for allied health practitioners.
Kathleen Philip, Chief Allied Health Advisor of Victoria provides an overview and introduction to the case studies.
Currently four case studies are available:
- Barwon Health: Physiotherapy-led paediatric fracture clinic which improves the continuum of care for patients seen in the emergency department, enhancing patient care and more quickly addressing patient needs.
- Northern Health: Podiatry-led orthopaedic triage and assessment service which has successfully removed patients with foot and ankle conditions from the orthopaedic priority 3 waitlist.
- Peninsula Health: Response assessment discharge (RAD) team delivers transdisciplinary care with allied health practitioners skilled in specific core competencies of the other disciplines. This has had a positive impact on reducing the number of patients admitted directly from the emergency department to acute hospital beds for non-medical reasons, and reducing length of stay in hospital wards.
- Western Health: Physiotherapy-led developmental dysplasia of the hip clinic which provides a more consistent and timely service provision for patients. The clinic is run by highly skilled physiotherapists and sonographers and reduces the number of appointments that families need to attend for assessment and treatment of children who have risk factors and are diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip.
The department is continuing to work with health services to develop additional case studies.