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Professional development and training in allied health

The Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO) is committed to advocating for, promoting and providing ongoing professional development opportunities and related information for allied and scientific health professionals. 

Resources available include: 

Allied Health Professionals + Professional Development Reimbursement Program (AHP+PDRP)

The AHP+PDR Program provides a process for dissemination and reporting of ratified additional professional development funds for eligible SA Health staff employed under the South Australian Public Sector Wages Parity Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2014 (PDF 1.76MB).

Funding for eligible Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) employees is administered through the Country Allied Health Clinical Enhancement Program plus (CAHCEP+) program.

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SA Health Allied Health Clinical Supervision Framework

The SA Health Allied Health Clinical Supervision Framework outlines SA Health’s commitment to supporting Allied Health Professionals working within their Local Health Network in accessing consistent, appropriate and effective clinical supervision and support mechanisms. Please download the collection of Clinical supervision templates (DOCX 226KB) to assist your clinical supervision.

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Online clinical supervision courses

For SA Health staff only - http://digitalmedia.sahealth.sa.gov.au/login

You will need to create an account. You can use any email address (it doesn't have to be an SA Health email) and a password you can easily remember. The first time you access the courses you will need to be logged in to a SA Health computer to retrieve the access key to unlock the courses. The Access Key is gained from the Country Health WIKI or SA Health Allied and Scientific Health Intranet page. Once you have unlocked the courses, you can access them from anywhere.

Funded by ASHO and developed under the guidance of the Clinical Supervision eModules Steering Committee with Local Health Network support, the courses support clinical staff in the development and maintenance of their skills in supervision. 

Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision

This course is about the clinical supervision of qualified health professionals. It provides you with the opportunity to think about your own role as a supervisor or supervisee and how you can enhance the supervision relationship.

Clinical Supervision in Practice

Throughout the course you will explore opportunities and challenges in supervision in your role as a supervisor and identify strategies for improving outcomes for yourself, your supervisee and their clients. If you are new to supervision or have never had any formal training in being a clinical supervisor, you should complete the Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision course first.

Advanced Clinical Supervision

This course builds on the Clinical Supervision in Practice course and explores supervising clinical supervisors at an advanced level.

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Speech Pathology Resources

The South Australian Acute Hospital Program for Credentialing Speech Pathologists in the Extended and Advanced Practice Role of Independent Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) 2016 is available

Better Placed: Strengthening our Clinical Placement System

SA Health’s commitment to educating its future workforce, Better Placed: Strengthening our Clinical Placement System (PDF 168KB) outlines the proposed directions and four primary goals that will improve clinical placement effectiveness and capacity through good governance arrangements and systems.

Please see the Better Placed page for additional information.

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Clinical Placement Resources

Country Health SA Local Health Network has recently developed on-line clinical placement resources for both student and supervisor use to support a culture of learning and one strategy to build and maintain our skilled workforce.

Supervisors can:

  1. Store their frequently used resources, education modules and orientation materials here
  2. Share resources with others who supervise students across the network.
  3. Direct students to where they can find information on the student pages.

Students can use these pages to find helpful information about their placement and profession, as well as investigate more about CHSALHN by exploring the rest of the wiki.

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HWA National Clinical Supervision Competency Resource

Health Workforce Australia (HWA), as part of the Clinical Supervision Support Program, has developed the National Clinical Supervision Competency Resource (the Resource).

The resource aims to support the continuation and further development of a high quality, sustainable clinical supervision workforce across all settings, to meet the current and future challenges of developing competent health practitioners for the Australian health system.

A 30 item Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) has also been developed to enable clinical supervisors to rate their skills, knowledge and confidence against the foundational and intermediate competencies identified in the Resource. The tool allows specific clinical supervision roles to be assessed and training and development plans to be generated.

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ClinEdAus

The ClinEDAus portal provides free access to learning resources for clinical educators of entry-level allied health students. 

Targeted professions include:

  • exercise physiology
  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • speech pathology.

It is envisaged that the portal will be applicable more broadly across the breadth of health professions. The website has resources applicable to all placement settings including specific information related to:

  • aged care
  • mental health
  • rural health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

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Further information

For further information please contact ASHO at HealthAlliedandScientificHealth@sa.gov.au.

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