Streamlining tutorials for Allied Health Assistant (AHA) students

Lucy Whelan1, Tony Sheng1

1Monash Health, Australia

A working party was created in 2016 to help streamline the experience for AHA students on placement throughout Monash Health. As part of that process, four standardised tutorials were created on the subjects of Delegation, SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Plan and Action) Notes, Manual Handling and Equipment. These tutorials were refined throughout 2017 and evaluated by the students who undertook them. Prior to the development of the working party, there was no consistency between sites for what advanced theory or practical tutorials were delivered, by what method or at which point throughout student placements. The tutorials historically were presented by one lead AHA who was knowledgeable in the area.

To evaluate the introduction of a tutorial program for AHA students placed across Monash Health.

Standard tutorials were designed on four topics: SOAP notes, Delegation, Manual Handling and Equipment. These were evaluated using a ‘Growing Through Learning’ evaluation template and results collated.

96% of students responded with an Agree or a Strongly Agree across five evaluation questions (relevance to learning needs, clear objectives, new skills acquisition, applicability of learning, change in professional behaviour) for all four tutorials. It would be appropriate to speculate from this data that these tutorials are valuable and the results validate us continuing to provide them for future AHA students. Feedback from AHA supervisors also suggest that the standardised nature of the tutorials reduced the burden on individual educators and allowed for relatively new educators to be able to run them independently with ease and confidence delivered.

Moving forward into the future, it would be imperative to ensure that the content and information presented in the tutorials remains relevant and up to date with Monash Health best practice to ensure the highest standard of education delivered.


Lucy Whelan is a Physiotherapist by background with a Masters Degree in Public Health and a career spanning over 15 years in Australia and the United Kingdom. She is currently forging the path for the Allied Health Assistant and Support workforce at Monash Health. She is passionate about quality driven improvement and appropriate governance for all. In order to align with their Allied Health colleagues and further expand and grow the roles of Allied Health Assistants, some large pieces of work are underway around Credentialing, Scope of Practice, Clinical Supervision, Professional Development, Referral/Delegation tools, Priority Tools and Students.

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