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.
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.
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 and 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 Workforce Questionnaire.
Disciplines researched in the second year of the project are:
- Occupational therapy
- Social Work
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, take the survey at the Southern Cross University website.
The information captured via this survey will:
- Assist employers understand 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.
- 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.
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.