The Victorian Assistant Workforce Model (VAWM) has a structured methodology that aims to:
- increase the allied health assistant (AHA) workforce and use AHAs to their full scope of practice
- increase the capacity of the allied health workforce make the most effective use of highly skilled allied health practitioners (AHPs)
- support more advance practice opportunities for AHPs
- improve access to allied health services
- increase AHP and AHA staff satisfaction.
The VAWM has three overarching principles:
- organisational priorities
- change management.
Phases and elements
The VAWM has three integrated phases, each with two elements:
Inform and engage
Investigate and analyse
- project initiation
- staff engagement
Plan and finalise
- data collection
- data analysis
- strategic planning
- project finalisation
Each element of the VAWM includes recommended activities to support implementation of the model.
Inform and engage phase
Element 1: Project initiation
Establish organisational governance framework, including scope, project plan, risk management plan and communication strategy.
Element 2: Staff engagement
Actively engage and inform staff of the project drivers, background and aims, and links to organisational strategic priorities. Use staff engagement forums, focus groups and informal meetings.
Investigate and analyse phase
Element 3: Data collection
Collect quantitative and qualitative data to complete a needs assessment and analysis of AHA workforce growth.
Element 4: Data analysis
Determine the need for amended and new AHA roles and service delivery models. Identify priority areas to prepare for strategic planning.
Plan and finalise phase
Element 5: Strategic planning
Develop an evidence-based strategic plan to incorporate AHA roles into a workforce skill mix. This plan should be consistent with organisational priorities and governance.
Element 6: Project finalisation
Communicate project findings and promote strategic plan priorities to executives, allied health managers, staff and other key stakeholders. Embed ongoing mechanisms to ensure the plan is sustainable.
The elements and their associated activities may overlap, as demonstrated in the suggested timeline.
Each organisation is different, and this suggested timeline is just a guide.
The recommended process takes place over nine months.
Element 1: months 1–2
Element 2: months 1–9
Element 3: months 3–6
Element 4: months 4–7
Element 5: months 6–9
Element 6: months 8–9
Download the project schedule template for more information.
See the 'Related documents' sidebar for links to documents that support the implementation of the VAWM.