NSW allied health clinicians’ perspectives about allied health data collection and reporting for activity based funding

Mr Min Jiat Teng1

1RPA Virtual Hospital, Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, Australia

NSW allied health clinicians have been collecting clinical and administrative data since 2001. In 2015, the NSW Directors of Allied Health Advisory Group at the Ministry of Health released the NSW Allied Health Minimum Data Set to standardise data collection and drive the design of a state-wide electronic data collection tool. Since then, there are still variances in the collection and business rules, making it impossible to benchmark and monitor services on a state-level. The aim of this survey is to understand allied health’s perception of the current data collection. This is the first state-wide allied health data survey conducted in NSW. An anonymous 14-question online survey was designed to capture the current data collection methods, to assess if it met clinicians’ requirements, data quality, data uses, and training preferences. Between 15/03/2019 to 03/04/2019, there were 1331 entries with 890 completed responses. 68% used CERNER PowerChart as their electronic data collection system. Less than half responded that the allied health data collection met their current needs. 60% responded that this is definitely an important collection, although only one in three were confident with the current data quality. 45% had never used allied health data. For those who did, data was used for service evaluation (33%), benchmarking (29%) and quality improvement projects (26%). 73% were interested in further training. This survey provides a baseline understanding of NSW allied health data collection, and signals the importance to improve data quality and awareness amongst allied health clinicians.


Min Jiat Teng is the Virtual Fracture Clinic Physiotherapist Coordinator at RPA Virtual Hospital, Sydney Local Health District, NSW. His work focuses on leveraging virtual care to improve access to quality care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Through prior positions in successfully rolling out electronic medical records systems, establishing two Leading Better Value Care clinics, and working at the NSW Ministry of Health to standardise the allied health data, he is now establishing and evaluating new virtual models of care to as a solution the current and future healthcare challenges.

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