Creative Careers in Allied Health – Reimagining health care careers

Ms Felicity Andrews1, Ms  Karina Lewis1,2,3

1Queensland Health, Gold Coast, Australia, 2Queensland Health, Logan, Australia, 3Medical Career Planning, Townsville, Australia

Introduction

Creative Careers in Allied Health (CCIAH) is a community of health professionals who believe a health career should be whatever you want to make it. Stepping off the established career track can feel risky. The reality is that traditional health careers are not right for everyone. For some, they can lead to places that leave you lost, unfulfilled or burnout. That is why many health professionals are reimagining their own futures. In taking that leap, they are sparking new opportunities and career paths not yet considered.

 

Objectives

By providing inspiration, support, resources, and access to experts who have been there and done it, CCIAH aims to help the wider healthcare community towards personal and professional fulfillment by:

 Keeping healthcare professionals working in healthcare and striving for greater career satisfaction

 Encouraging a healthcare culture that embraces, supports, and empowers healthcare workers

 Providing a platform and community to crowd source solutions and problem solve issues affecting the healthcare community

 Encouraging innovation in how healthcare is delivered and how multidisciplinary teams work together for best outcomes.

 

Approach

Creative Careers in Allied Health is run by a small, dedicated group of volunteers who manage a health profession only Facebook group, arrange regular events such as Q&A sessions with health professionals taking the road less travelled.

 

Practice Implications

Creative Careers in Allied Health provides a space to explore, provide and gain support to expand the career possibilities for healthcare professionals.

 

Conclusion

CCIAH is a collaborative network of allied health professionals that aims to increase career satisfaction through peer support, mentoring, coaching and collaboration. CCIAH is currently raising awareness of our network though social media, word of mouth, networking and presenting at conferences.


Biography:

Karina Lewis (B. Occ Thy, MPhil, Grad Cert Career Development) is an Occupational Therapist, Accredited Hand Therapist and career counsellor. Karina is passionate about equity in health care and has a special interest in supporting allied health professionals to build their careers through clinical education and career development.

Felicity Andrews (B. Occ Thy) is an Occupational Therapist working at the Gold Coast University Hospital. She trained at James Cook University and has over 14 years working in major public hospitals. Felicity has a keen interest in health promotion, public health and education.

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