Turning transdisciplinary: Steps, tools and resources to develop a transdisciplinary stroke assessment

Miss Aleysha Martin1, Mr Karl Harm3, Mrs Caitlin Humphries3, Ms Julia Matthews2, Ms Marie McCaig2, Ms  Jody Ebenezer2, Ms  Lucy Lyons2, Mr Brendon Glenn2, Dr  Liisa Laakso1

1Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2Mater Misericordiae Ltd, Brisbane, Australia, 3Active Rehabilitation Physiotherapy, Brisbane, Australia

Transitioning to a new service model while expanding and redefining allied health scope of practice is a complex undertaking. However, it is also a practical and necessary way allied health professionals can contribute to improving healthcare efficiency to meet the growing demands of the ageing population. Turning to transdisciplinary models of care may be one solution. Transdisciplinary models involve sharing skills, integrating assessments and tasks, and redefining professional boundaries to allow a single clinician to provide healthcare across multiple areas of patient function. In 2020, the multidisciplinary team on the Mater Hospital Brisbane Acute Stroke Unit commenced the process of developing a transdisciplinary assessment for patients admitting with mild stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA). The transdisciplinary assessment is aimed at reducing allied health assessment duplication, improving allied health time-efficiencies, and improving quality of care. To meet these aims, the development of the transdisciplinary assessment tool needed to be carefully considered and executed. The presentation will explain how a logic model was used to identify potential barriers and facilitators of turning to transdisciplinary assessment. A deep dive will also be taken into the steps, tools and resources used to guide the successful development of the transdisciplinary assessment. Stakeholder engagement, task analysis, and OptiSim (simulation testing hosted by Mater Education) were collectively used to identify, combine and refine multidisciplinary assessment parameters into a single transdisciplinary assessment.


Miss Aleysha Martin has worked as an occupational therapist on the Mater Hospital Brisbane Acute Stroke Unit since 2017. She has recently enrolled in a PhD through Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland to study transdisciplinary models of assessment and improve allied health care on Acute Stroke Units.

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