Ms Stacy Leavens1, Ms Kelsey Scarlett1
1Capital Health Network – ACT Primary Health Network, Deakin, Australia
The University of Canberra and Capital Health Network (CHN) have collaborated to develop a platform to engage early-career allied health and nursing graduates to identify opportunities to increase their preparedness for delivering services in a primary care setting.
Through this project, CHN is hosting and supporting placements for students completing a relevant Allied Health Post Graduate Degree for an 8-week duration in two separate groups.
The pilot placement conducted scoping of the need in the ACT community for possible early career supports for Allied Health professionals with the intention of future placements to design an appropriate program. Initial scoping identified barriers to communication and collaboration between General Practice and Allied Health, integration opportunities in co-located practices and outside of referral relationships and opinions on referral systems and MBS billings in an ACT context.
Possible future application for improving Allied Health service provision in the general practice environment include: interprofessional education for final year allied health students and medical students to develop team skills and competence, Allied Health students shadowing an Allied Health professional co-located in general practice or CHN organising and running joint professional development events for Allied Health professionals and General Practitioners on relevant health topics or niche patient groups.
This project will establish clear processes for general practice to identify that need for their patient cohort, and guidelines/processes for practices to engage and utilise the services of relevant allied health providers. It is anticipated that the framework will be adopted and delivered by CHN as a permanent program.
Bio to come.