NAHC 2021 Provisional Program Draft

The Program is Provisional and will be updated as planning proceeds.  

Pre-Conference Workshops
Monday 9th August

Pre-conference workshops will be held through the 2021 NAHC Online Platform on Monday 9th August.  Attendance at these workshops is an additional cost and open to delegates and non-delegates of the conference.  Places are limited and bookings will be taken on a first come – first served basis.  

Workshops will be available to book from 27th April 2021.  View full workshop descriptions HERE

Program times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC +10).  To calculate program times for your timezone, you can use the Time Zone Converter HERE

How to increase allied health research engagement at an individual, team and organisational level
1000 – 1200 (AEST)
Dr Rachel Wenke, Professor Sharon Mickan, Dr Kelly Weir
Allied Health Leadership – Building the Narrative
1000 – 1200 (AEST)
Luke Hockley, Cath Maloney, Donna Markham
Transform your approach to service planning (an introduction)
1000 – 1330 (AEST) (3.5 hour workshop)
Dr Anna Moran
End of Life Law for Clinicians
1230 – 1400 (AEST)
Professor Ben White, Professor Lindy Willmott, Ms Penny Neller, Dr Rachel Feeney
Therapy assistants: an integral part of the rural disability sector workforce
1230 – 1430 (AEST)
Kim Bulkeley, Genevieve Johnsson, Marlene Eksteen
Using Music with Confidence
1230 – 1430 (AEST)
Dr Jason Kenner
Value and impact in allied health services: how do we articulate and evidence our worth?
1500 – 1800 (AEST)
Professor Susan Hillier, Jo Nolan
Allied Health in 2030: what are the challenges we face and what is on our research agenda to best prepare?
1500 – 1730 (AEST)
Professor Andrew Baillie
How to run an evidence-based structured journal club to optimise clinical practice
1500 – 1630 (AEST)
Dr Rachel Wenke, Professor Sharon Mickan
Main Conference Overview
Tuesday 10th - Thursday 12th August

Program times are listed in Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC +10).  To calculate program times for your timezone, you can use the Time Zone Converter HERE


0930-1000 Icebreaker Networking

Opening Session


Plenary Address: Anne-marie Boxall

Allied health as Change Agent – Major National Reforms

Anne-marie Boxall is the Chief Allied Health Officer for the Australian Government Department of Health. In this role, Anne-marie leads engagement with the allied health sector and works within and across government to promote the role of allied health professionals. Prior to this, Anne-marie worked in the Department on long-term health system reform. She has also worked at the Commonwealth Treasury, Commonwealth Parliamentary Library, the National Rural Health Alliance, and the Australian Health and Hospital Association. She began her career as a physiotherapist, where she worked in the public and private sectors.

Anne-marie is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at The University of Sydney and has published on a wide range of health policy topics. In 2019-20, Anne-marie was the Australian Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Policy and Practice at Columbia University in the United States.


Plenary Panel #1: Leading Australia’s Reforms

The opening plenary panel will be chaired by Anne-marie Boxall and is proudly sponsored by the Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences.

1040-1110 Future directions for Allied Health in Rural and Regional Areas

Adj. Professor Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commissioner, Commonwealth Department of Health

Role and Opportunities for Allied Health in Aged Care Sector

Janet Anderson, Commissioner, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Role and Opportunities for Allied Health in NDIS Sector

Robert Griew, Complaints Commissioner, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

1110-1135 Panel Discussion
1135-1145 Consumer Video
1145-1215 Exhibition & Morning Tea Break
Navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the State Rehabilitation Service: Understanding the interface between Health and NDIS to reduce discharge delay
Meagan White, A/Prof. Vinicius Cavalheri, Kellie Blyth
Geriatric rehabilitation inpatients roam at home!
Jacinta Brenan, Jacqueline Kay
Avoiding hospital admission of elderly patients using a home-based interdisciplinary allied health team; a pilot study
Kate Andersen
Professional identity, power and patient care
Dr Lil Vrkevski
Working collaboratively to share information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health
Michelle Elwell
“GET MOVING”: Combatting hospital-acquired deconditioning in an inpatient rehabilitation setting
Elise Jenkins
Growing a cross sector community of practice to better support children and young people with disability and complex support needs
Bethany Hooke
What do older people want from their end of life care?
Dr Jessica Cecil
Characteristics of general practitioner referrals to podiatrists in Australia, 2000-2016
Prof. Hylton Menz
Connect & Care: Best practice support to workers experiencing a complex injury
Adrian Paton, Farah Shams
Establishing Interprofessional Indigenous Cadetship Programs across two hospital and health services
Emma Driver, Claire Costello
Health service costs for a pre-dialysis dietetic clinic: A retrospective cost analysis study
Stephanie Notaras
Allied healthcare delivered via telehealth for people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional survey of user experiences
Dr Belinda Lawford
Does intensive occupational therapy improve functional outcomes in a large cohort of hospitalised elderly patients?
Celia Marston, Dr Marlena Klaic
Allied Health Led Post-Operative Hand Clinic: Satisfaction with an alternative model of care
Claire Huxley
Navigating Happiness – development, implementation, and staff training of a 4-week practical skill group to live a more meaningful life
Chi Cheng
Implementation and Early Outcomes of an Allied Professions Māori & Pacific Workforce Strategy
Dr Molly Kallesen
The ‘making it count’ initiative: Optimisation of Allied Health non-admitted activity classification, recording and reporting
Kristy Perkins
Consumer experience of waiting in hospital for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Sanzida Matin, Dr Michelle Jones, A/Prof Lorna Hallahan, Josephine Crowley, Kerry Bryans
Sarcopenia – the greatest threat to aging. How at risk are our sub-acute patients?
Shelly Casey, Lilliana Barone
Why do some people with osteoarthritis and obesity awaiting hip or knee arthroplasty achieve successful weight management and physical activity levels while others don’t?
Natalie Pavlovic
Sensory modulation can help patients control their arousal levels, self-regulate their emotions and prevent the need for long term seclusion
Deepa Ramakrishnan
The impact of COVID-19 on the education, training, and professional practice of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health workforce
Paul Gibson, Kylie Stothers
Healthier Homes: A culturally tailored, educational, innovative and online health promotion initiative delivered by the Good Start Program, aiming to promote positive health outcomes, reduce the rates of chronic disease and tackle health inequity among one of Queensland’s most vulnerable populations
Jessica Hardt, Brent Matautia
1315-1400 Exhibition & Lunch Break
Implementing eating disorder prevention program ‘Confident Body, Confident Child’ into community child health services: a knowledge translation study
Dr Shelley Roberts
How safe is this child? Clinical guidelines to assist the safe transportation of children in hip spicas and hip braces
Briony Norris
Accessing Centrelink from Hospital: A Multisite Social Work Quality Assurance Project
Siobhan Feely, Susan Dragon
Exploration of professional supports across different operational allied health structures
Elizabeth Dalla Santa
Speech pathology service enhancement for people with head and neck cancer living in regional and remote areas: Using a concept mapping approach to inform service change
Prof. Elizabeth Ward
Measuring value and outcomes in rehabilitation: development of a minimum dataset
Dr Adrienne Young
Community-based occupational therapists’ experiences working with clients with chronic and complex conditions: a qualitative analysis
Dr Olivia King
Integrated care in early childhood education: Educator outcomes following speech pathology-led interaction training
Alison Britton
Exercise in adults admitted to hospital with diabetes-related foot ulcers: A pilot study of feasibility and safety
Emily Aitken
Whose decision is this? How professional and operational governance differ in a complex health system
Elizabeth Dalla Santa
Improving rural and remote hospital foodservices – where to start? A complex needs assessment
Niccola Currie, Jessica Kinneally
NSW allied health clinicians’ perspectives about allied health data collection and reporting for activity based funding
Min Jiat Teng
Effectiveness of healthcare clinical champions in family violence: A pilot study
Dr Toni Withiel
Fostering interprofessional practice and education across Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Services (CHQHHS): A statewide paediatric hospital and health service perspective
Kristine Kelly
Self-reported dysphagia and pharyngeal volume following whiplash injury
Danielle Stone
Implementing the Lean Daily Management System: Optimising workforce engagement, communication and continuous improvement
Raymond Kopeshke
People in regional areas travel further to access health services following transport-related major trauma
Jemma Keeves
Measuring patient change during rehabilitation- the responsiveness of a standard set of outcome measures
Dr Margie Schache
Australian speech-language pathology intervention settings and service delivery methods for adolescents requiring language support
Dr Suzanne Hopf
‘I really liked seeing the child in his natural environment’: Clinician perceptions of using standardised language assessments via telehealth
Dr Rebecca Sutherland
Respiratory muscle strength training (RMST) to facilitate swallow and pulmonary rehabilitation in critical care patients with severe deconditioning: A case series
Caroline Nicholls
Two heads can be better than one: Practical learnings from a successful job-share
Catherine White, Meg Marmo
Identifying research priorities to optimize allied health care: a modified Delphi study
Dr Anna Wong Shee
Measuring patient change during rehabilitation- the establishment of a national outcome measure database and preliminary data analysis
Dr Amanda Timmer
1500-1505 Changeover Break
1505-1530 Networking & Discussion


0930-0950 Icebreaker Networking
0955-1000 Day Two Opening

Keynote Address: Gihan Perera

The Future of Allied Health

Gihan Perera is a futurist, conference speaker, author and consultant who gives you a glimpse into what’s ahead – and how you can become fit for the future, in your professional and personal life.  Since 1997, he has worked with business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and other change agents – helping them with their strategy for thriving in a fast-changing world.  He has clients throughout Australia, as well as in New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Singapore, the USA and CanadaClick here to read more!


Keynote Address: Louise Schaper

Dr Louise Schaper is on a mission to fix healthcare. As leader of Australia’s peak body for digital health, Dr Louise Schaper is a passionate advocate for the transformation of healthcare, enabled by technology. As CEO and Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health she brings together world-class clinicians, researchers, innovators and organisations from across the biomedical, health and technology spectrum who are committed to the improvement of health outcomes enabled through innovative uses of technology and information. She is a facilitator, and innovator and a change agent who explores and leverages the convergence of people, systems and technologies in the transformation and future of health and medicine…. Click here to read more!

1110-1130 Exhibition & Morning Tea Break
Masked communication: Impact of a purpose-built training program on communication effectiveness between staff and patients
Rebekah Rajakone
Development of a digital health capability framework for allied health professionals
Nikki Littlewood
An exercise training and healthy eating group program (ATHENA) for overweight and obese women with urinary incontinence: translating evidence into practice
Dr Shelley Roberts
Supporting novice health professionals to become clinical educators
Alis Moores
An allied health research team’s reflections on consumer coproduction on the ATHENA project
Dr Kelly Weir
Exploring the professional support practices of allied health in a regional hospital and health service
Carly Maurer, Inga Alexander
Evaluation of Inter-professional collaborative practice (ICP) in COViD-19 Fast-tracked Telehealth in Community Services Study
Arryn Mills
Cracks in the Ice – an online toolkit developed to support Australian families, health workers and communities affected by crystal methamphetamine (‘ice’)
Felicity Duong
Developing an evidence-based intra-operative language mapping protocol for awake craniotomy to maximise outcomes for patients
Aoife O’reilly
Student placement experience surveys: What are the commonalities and are they consistent with evidence-based frameworks?
Sarah Bailey
“We felt she was one of us”: Experiences piloting a consumer mentor model of care for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients with chronic conditions
Dr Bernadette Brady
Evaluation of the Allied Health Rural Generalist Education Program 2016 – 2019
A/Prof. Ruth Barker
Staff psychological wellbeing and preparedness at Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospital Group during COVID-19 and beyond
Mitch Read, Hyranthi Kavanagh
Developing an interprofessional health informatics framework
Dr Kwang Meng Cham
Predicting discharge destination following trauma admission – can predictive modelling be a tool to target early and intensive Allied Health therapy in the acute setting?
Dr Lara Kimmel
Clinical education adaptations to meet placement demand during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Cate Fitzgerald
Healthier Together: methodology, results and impact of a co-designed, community-based, childhood overweight and obesity prevention program, tailored to the Māori & Pacific Islander community, aiming to improve the delivery of culturally-tailored health care and contribute to a reduction in health inequity experienced by one of Australia’s most vulnerable population groups
Jessica Hardt, Elkan Tanuvasa
Building allied health workforce sustainability in remote communities
Ilsa Nielsen
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne family violence clinical notifications: the effect on risk and protective factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic
Melinda Collins, Marianne Crowe
Standardised clinical data capture: Optimisation of Allied Health clinical activity recording in an ieMR for admitted patient care
Kristy Perkins
Outsourcing bed-based aged care services from a public health service: An observational study
Anne Thompson
Effective clinical education from a distance: Tele-supervision of clinical placements in speech pathology
Dr Jemma Skeat
Barriers, enablers and patient design ideas for health literacy responsive hospital outpatient rehabilitation waiting areas: a framework analysis
Cassie McDonald
Supporting rural mature-aged nursing and allied health students: A systematic scoping review
A/Prof. Carol McKinstry
1230-1300 Exhibition & Lunch Break
1300-1345 Plenary Panel

Keynote Address: Nic Marchesi & Lucas Patchet

The Power of a Conversation

In October 2014, two best mates had a crazy idea to put two washing machines and two dryers in the back of a van, to wash and dry clothes for free. Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, awarded the 2016 Young Australians of the Year and recently the Order of Australia Medal, founded Orange Sky – a world-first, free mobile laundry and shower service for people experiencing homelessness.

On a mission to improve hygiene standards for the 116,000 people experiencing homelessness across Australia, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation… Click here to read more!

1415-1420 Consumer Video
1420-1430 Changeover Break
Evolution of an Allied Health Model of Care to support patients within the NSW COVID-19 Quarantine System
Kirrily Stewart
The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) Allied Health TeleBurns Service: An implementation evaluation using the RE-AIM approach
Amber Jones
Turning transdisciplinary: Steps, tools and resources to develop a transdisciplinary stroke assessment
Aleysha Martin
How often do students participate in interprofessional collaborative practice and interprofessional education activities during clinical placements?
Susan Stoikov
‘Seeking choice to fulfill health literacy needs’: Constructivist grounded theory of health literacy opportunities for patients in hospital waiting areas
Cassie McDonald
A pilot of group clinical supervision for regional allied health professionals
Marcus Gardner
Code-COVID: Preparing the disability sector to plan for and respond to COVID
Louise Mogg
Sustaining telehealth services after initial response to COVID-19: Learning from patient and allied health profession experiences at a major tertiary hospital
Dr Michelle Cottrell
New Allied Health model of care: Early and intensive therapy for acute hospital trauma patients
Dr Lara Kimmel
Transforming Social Work Documentation across the Sunshine State: A state-wide chart audit exploring the implementation of standardised Psychosocial Assessment Templates in Queensland Health
Kim Sutherland
A consumer co-created infographic improves short-term knowledge about physical activity and self-efficacy to exercise in women with gestational diabetes mellitus: A randomised trial
Dr Anne Harrison
Health literacy training for allied health professionals: development and evaluation of a train-the-trainer model
Dragana Ceprnja
Function, disability and recovery after Covid-19: Patient outcomes six and twelve months after diagnosis
Dr Danielle Hitch
One Year Experience in Using Tele-care to Support Allied Health Services in Hong Kong
Chun Yin Ching
Rapid Assessment, Intervention, and Discharge-Emergency Department (RAID-ED)
Chrissan Segaram
Supporting allied health clinical education with a digital repository for professional development – ClinEdAus
Prof. Andrea Bialocerkowski
Why won’t they engage? Factors that influence chronic heart failure rehabilitation engagement
Katie Palmer
Supporting the transition from student to new graduate: The development of a New Graduate Support Framework
Kassie Shardlow
Physical and psychological function after 6 months in non-hospitalized adults with COVID-19
Aruska D’souza
“I punched the wall….and I can’t miss work.” – TeleHealth management of boxer’s fractures is safe, cost-effective and good for patients
Piers Truter
The possibility of home: Additional Senior Allied Health input in the acute setting can improve patient and hospital outcomes
Melanie Haley
Exploring Allied Health clinical educator and student experiences of remote clinical supervision during COVID-19 restrictions
Andrea Bramley
What is EBCD? Using experience-based co-design to design a cancer nutrition care pathway
Jenelle Loeliger
Implementation of the Staff Psychological Wellbeing and Support Program at Fiona Stanley Hospital
Dr Michael Monisse-Redman, Hyranthi Kavanagh

This is a pre-selected networking session where attendees are allocated to a group based on their conference topic interest. Attendees have the option to select their first and second choice of discussion topic during the registration process. We will endeavour to place you in your first choice however some group numbers will be restricted to facilitate conversation between participants.


0930-1000 Icebreaker Networking
1000-1005 Day Three Opening

Plenary Address: Martin Chadwick

Allied Health New Strategies to realise our potential

Martin is the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer within the Ministry of Health, working in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Office in providing transdisciplinary clinical leadership and advice. The role works at a systems level as well as providing support to clinicians, programmes and projects across the Ministry.  He is aligning a work programme around what he describes as the five challenges facing allied health…. Click here to read more!

1045-1100 Consumer Video & Launch
1100-1130 Exhibition & Morning Tea Break
Redeployment of allied health professionals during the Covid-19 pandemic: What can we learn from experiences of this “once in a lifetime” event?
Dr Danielle Hitch, Christopher Weiers, Sally Brinkmann
Applications of patient rehabilitation mobile app to support Allied Health services
Priscilla Poon
Top of Scope: Evaluation of a First-Contact Speech Pathology Model of Care within a Tertiary ENT Clinic
Danielle Stone
Perceptions of Allied Health Clinician-Researcher Career Pathways
Prof. Elizabeth Ward
From Discipline Focus to Allied Health Lens: Developing Allied Health leadership skills in our workforce
Dr Clare Ramsden
Allied health perceptions of informal interprofessional interactions in the workplace: A qualitative survey study
Dr Olivia King
COVID, experiences from a cultural lens
Liana Schnierer
Exploration of daily load measures using wearable technology in people with Achilles tendinopathy
Sanam Tavakkoli Oskouei
Optimising patient weight management prior to arthroplasty: A feasibility study
Dr Furkan Genel
Effectiveness of knowledge brokering and recommendation dissemination on resource allocation decisions: cluster randomised controlled trial
Dr Mitchell Sarkies
Allied health leadership for safety and quality
Dr Patricia Bradd, Prof. Joanne Travaglia
An Allied Health transition-to-professional program design: understanding the allied health graduates’ transition experience
Andrea Verde
Life after Covid-19: Putting patient experience at the centre of future service responses
Dr Danielle Hitch
Allied health clinician experiences of electronic medical record implementation and the impact on allied health workflow: An observational study
Kath Feely
Allied Health (AH) taking the lead to make a difference in improving communication and length of stay with complex stroke care
Shereen Mouafi
Tailoring Research Evidence and Theory (TREAT) into Allied Health Journal Clubs: An Implementation Study
Dr Rachel Wenke
What do we do with them now: Self-reported motivations and outcomes of participation in organisational leadership development programs
Katelyn Clarke
An innovative interprofessional education and supervision model of student placement: development to sustainability
Dr Priya Martin
The impact of COVID 19 response on public rehabilitation services: a clinician and consumer perspective
Dr Belinda Gavaghan
Improving patient access to interpreters in acute and emergency settings through video interpreting
Jodi Dumbrell
Establishing a multidisciplinary head and neck clinical pathway: An evaluation of implementation and outcomes
Aoife O’reilly
Strategic planning for allied health research: Exploring the process
Dr Abby Foster
A Seat At the Table – setting a place for Allied Health leadership in British Columbia, Canada
Lorrie Cramb
Is interprofessional identity the missing link in interprofessional collaborative practice?
Angela Wood
1230-1300 Exhibition & Lunch Break
The telehealth experience in physiotherapy outpatient services during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dragana Ceprnja
Physiotherapists’ perception on telehealth impacting service delivery in South Australia: an observational study
Thoshen Kandasamy
Factors influencing adherence to intensive upper limb exercise programs: Stroke survivors’ perspectives
Tamina Levy
What shapes research and research capacity building in rural and regional health services? Context matters
Dr Anna Wong Shee
Supporting occupational therapy students to use theoretical knowledge during placements: What can practice educators do?
Alis Moores
Fostering collaborative driven healthcare teaching: Utilising The Reflective Interprofessional Education-Network (RIPE-N) model
Dr Amy Freeman-Sanderson
Can a Health Package maintain the physical and mental health of people with and without COVID-19 during quarantine?
Caoimhe Scales
Telehealth in Outpatient Physiotherapy during COVID-19: Happy patients, but is it effective?
Kim Mcmanus
Measuring malnutrition in gynaecologic oncology patients at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) – Pilot study
Pushpa Sivakumar, Hanna Burbidge
Professional networks for allied health research and practice change: Who do clinicians talk to and why?
Dr Danielle Hitch, Dr Jo Pinson
Expertise amongst allied health clinical educators: A scoping review
Gretel Evans
Exploring interdisciplinary professionalism through creativity and diversity
Dr Kwang Meng Cham
From contact tracing to hotel quarantine – Social Work leading the way in Covid-19
Melanie Wells, Patrick Rosser
Tangling with Telehealth in a speech pathology outpatient clinic
Tina Wilkie
Hospital health provider experiences of identifying and treating trafficked persons
Dr Doris Testa
An evaluation of research capacity and culture in a sample of Western Australian allied health professionals
Janine Matus
Teaching interprofessional skills – an Escape Room with a difference
Sarah Chapman
Development of a training and support package designed to support Allied Health New Graduates meet their professional competencies working in mental health
Pam Maroney
Pivoting and Thriving: The Royal Melbourne Hospital Music Therapy Response in 2020
Dr Emma O’Brien
Physiotherapist lead TeleHealth fracture care: Understanding an Australian model for the Virtual Fracture Clinic
Piers Truter
Implementing an Early Intervention Lymphoedema Model of Care at Scale – a world first
Andrew Davison, Stacey Bradshaw
Bridging an allied health ‘know-do’ gap on delivering community-based group health programs with technology – an integrated knowledge translation approach
Jaclyn Bishop, Dr Claire Quilliam
Supporting physiotherapy student education through a global health pandemic
Kassie Shardlow, Chanelle Louwen
Don’t let it HAPpen! Reducing the rate of Hospital Acquired Pneumonia in the ISLHD
Sarah Jennings, Stacey Atkins
1400-1410 Changeover Break

Keynote Address: Sam Bloom

Sam’s Story

Sam Bloom is a 2 x World Para Surfing Champion, bestselling author, and inspiration behind the Australian box-office hit and global Netflix sensation Penguin Bloom, starring and produced by two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts. In 2013, while holidaying in Thailand with her husband and three young sons, Sam unknowingly leant on a rotten balcony railing, falling through it and plunging six metres onto the concrete below… Click here to read more!

1505-1530 Closing & Handover
1530 14th NAHC Concludes



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