Evidence based practice on allied and scientific health

The consideration of what is best research evidence and its integration with clinical experience and reasoning has largely consumed researchers, clinicians and policy-makers for the past 20 years. The Allied and Scientific Health Office and its partners support evidence informed practice across Allied Health professions.

Allied Health Research

The Allied and Scientific Health Office aims to enable excellence in allied health research, which is crucial to delivering high quality health care and evidence-based practice to South Australians.

As part of this aim, the Allied and Scientific Health Office is drafting a discussion paper on how to build allied health research and translation capacity in SA Health. This paper will be released for consultation with stakeholders in due course.

In order to help inform the development of this paper and promote clinical excellence by building research capacity, Seed Funding Grants of $200–$1,000 will be awarded to successful applicants for expenditure before the end of the 2017-18 financial year.

Grant applications will be considered for allied health research or quality improvement activities that enhance clinical care and are consistent with SA Health and Local Health Network strategic plans.

Allied health professionals working in clinical practice, and interested in research and quality improvement, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are now open until 9.00 am on Monday 23 April 2018. Successful applicants will be informed by 7 May 2018.

Please follow the relevant links for the application form (DOC 24KB) and evaluation criteria (PDF 46KB).

Health Consumers Alliance

International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) is visionary with its partnership with Healthcare Consumers Alliance (HCA). Consumer / patient engagement is a critical element in evidence-based practice, and is required in Australia for health service accreditation, and while it is attracting increasing community attention worldwide, there is very little evidence regarding the role of the Allied Health professional in translating this intent into effective practice.

iCAHE aims to make a difference to allied health interpretation of the evidence based practice components by focusing on the consumer aspects. This will be achieved by partnering with consumers, identifying exemplar allied health clinician / consumer activities (lived patient experiences) and attempting to understand consumer perspectives of healthcare consumption (Grimmer 2014).

Professional Certificate in Health Consumer Engagement

This Certificate resulted from collaboration between the iCAHE, University of South Australia and Health Consumers Alliance SA. It provides an opportunity to learn about health consumer engagement in the context of best evidence research and implementation. The Health Consumers Engagement Professional Certificate consists of two courses; Best Evidence, Policy and Practise for Health, and Application of Best Evidence in Health.

More information can be found via the University of South Australia

Allied Health Evidence Database

The Allied and Scientific Health Office has collated a database of resources providing links and summary information for evidence related to Allied Health practice. The database includes research papers, clinical guidelines, practice frameworks, conference presentations and other resources which can be used to inform clinical practice.

Resources can be filtered by Profession, to see only discipline-specific information, or can be sorted by clinical area or by operational theme (such as scope of practice, AH led services, AH extended hours services and so on). The excel table format allows users to sort and filter the resources to see only relevant resources and instructions for these functions can be found within the document.

For further information, corrections or additions to the resource list, please contact the ASHO at

Clinical audits

The ongoing partnership with iCAHE, offers Allied and Scientific Health Professionals in SA Health opportunities to undertake workplace based clinical audits on behalf of their department, clinical service or advisory group with research support. Information about previously conducted audits can be reviewed on the iCAHE Audits & Evaluations page.

ASPIRE for quality

The ASPIRE for quality is an evidence-based tool developed by the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence to evaluate clinical service performance in South Australian Local Health Networks.

The development, implementation and pilot evaluation of the ASPIRE was funded by SA Health's Allied Health and Scientific Office.

Clinical Guidelines Clearing House

SA Health Allied Health Professionals are provided with opportunities to extend their skills through access to the iCAHE website and Clinical Guideline Clearinghouse, training in evidence-based practice, journal club participation, Masterclasses and mentoring for staff publications. A series of Masterclass workshops have been run by iCAHE for AHPs across the themes of Evidence Based Practice and Outcome Measures and use of the iCAHE Outcomes Calculator.

The latest information is available through the iCAHE website.

Further information

For further information on evidence based practice is also available on the Standards and guidelines page.

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