Key Messages

  • The Chief Allied Health Advisor and Allied Health Workforce team currently oversee research that includes the:
    • Multisite Weekend Service project
    • Allied Health Workforce Research Program.
  • The Multisite Weekend Service research project investigates the effectiveness of stakeholder-driven models of weekend allied health service delivery.
  • The Allied Health Workforce Research Program is a three-year project examining health workforce development issues that prevent allied health professions from meeting service demand.

Multisite Weekend Service

The Multisite Weekend Service project is examining the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of allied health weekend services. This world-first research is being conducted across three Victorian metropolitan health services.

Weekend allied health services in acute medical and surgical wards

Allied health services are crucial to acute services in improving patient outcomes and supporting patient flow.

The Chief Allied Health Advisor is working with allied health teams from Monash Health, Melbourne Health and Western Health to investigate the most appropriate investment and model for weekend allied health services in acute medical and surgical wards.

This research will build an evidence base for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of allied health delivery models in acute medical/surgical hospital wards. Models include:

  • the current model of weekend allied health service delivery
  • a new stakeholder-driven model of weekend allied health service delivery
  • no weekend allied health service delivery.

Funding

The research is being sponsored by the Department of Health & Human Services and has attracted additional funding though a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) partnership project grant.

Outcomes

The research outcomes will:

  • inform other Victorian health services (public and private) as to the effectiveness of stakeholder-driven models of weekend allied health service delivery
  • provide evidence of the optimal range and extent of allied health weekend resourcing
  • support optimal use of healthcare resources both nationally and internationally.

These outcomes will be of interest to health networks around Australia and internationally, where weekend allied health services are provided.

Allied Health Workforce Research Program

The Allied Health Workforce Research Program is examining the workforce development issues that prevent allied health professions from meeting service demand.

Southern Cross University has been engaged by the Department of Health & Human Services to undertake the Victorian Allied Health Workforce Research Program. This three-year research program will generate qualitative and quantitative information to inform future policy directions and allied health workforce strategies. This will involve gathering in-depth data, from allied health employers, and individual allied health practitioners.

This information will be captured through the Allied Health Organisation Mapping Tool, completed by employing organisations and the Allied Health Workforce Questionnaire, completed by individual practitioners.

Disciplines researched in the first year of the project are:
  • physiotherapy
  • sonography
  • speech pathology
  • allied health assistants.

If you are an employer of allied health practitioners, or you are an allied health practitioner, your involvement in this program is vital to its success. To participate, please follow the links below to complete the relevant questionnaire.

Allied Health Organisation Mapping Tool

To be completed by employing organisations at the Southern Cross University Qualtrics website.

The information captured via this survey will assist employers in understanding what motivates their allied health staff to stay in clinical practice and to develop approaches to keep their staff engaged and delivering high quality care.

Allied Health Workforce Questionnaire

To be completed by individual allied health practitioners at the Southern Cross University Qualtrics website.

The information captured via this survey will help inform how allied health professionals work in the future, and could open up new areas of work that utilise the full scope of their clinical expertise.

For further background information on the Program, please view the Program Factsheet and associated Frequently Asked Questions.

Outcomes

The research program will inform policies and programs within the Department of Health & Human Services regarding health workforce development and reform for the allied health professions and the associated training system. This multi-year program will make an important contribution to an evidence base on selected allied health professions.

Allied Health Profession Snapshots

To inform subsequent stages of the program, Southern Cross University prepared high level snapshots for 27 allied health professions. Each snapshot provides a summary of available Victorian workforce data and highlights key workforce issues. Please contact the Allied Health Workforce team if would like to view a profession snapshot.

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