Element 4 activities guide the data analysis to identify:
- statistical evidence of services/programs/departments’ need for an increased or amended allied health assistant (AHA) workforce
- priority areas within the organisation – that is areas where the majority of time (percentage) is spent on tasks that could be delegated to an AHA
- competency requirements and job specifications for AHAs within a discipline/service/program or team
- current knowledge held by allied health practitioner (AHPs) in relation to AHA scope of practice
- current supervision and delegation skills of the AHPs.
Quantifying time that can delegated to an AHA
Using the quantification survey and baseline workforce staffing profile data, the Victorian Assistant Workforce Model (VAWM) quantifies time spent by AHPs on tasks that could be delegated to an AHA.
In addition, by applying a staffing factor that translates direct allied health clinical care time into full-time equivalent, the VAWM enables a true estimate of costs associated with introducing new AHA roles.
The VAWM database provides an analysis of the baseline workforce staffing profile and quantification data.