Research and evidence informed practice in allied and scientific health
The Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO) support excellence in allied health research and translation to clinical practice, which is crucial to delivering quality, sustainable health care and evidence-informed practice to South Australians.
Allied Health Journal Clubs supported by the South Australian Health Library Service (SALUS)
SALUS provide high quality library and information services to support the SA Health workforce in the delivery of evidence based health care, clinical governance, continuing professional development, lifelong learning and ultimately, high quality patient care.
SALUS and ASHO will assist Allied Health Journal Clubs search for appropriate references. To access this service Journal Clubs should:
This represents a transition from the previously available iCAHE journal club process and aims to connect similar research requests across SA Health allied health teams, reducing reduplication and potentially expanding opportunities for collaborative processes (discipline-specific or interdisciplinary).
ASHO will assist this connectivity by monitoring the request themes and actively linking common focus areas. Additionally ASHO can be contacted via HealthAlliedandScientificHealth@sa.gov.au for details of similar research themes to assist development of a well-built clinical question.
Additional helpful resources available via the SALUS website include:
Clinical Excellence: Strategic Directions for Building Allied Health Research and Translation Capacity
The purpose of the Clinical Excellence: Strategic Directions for Building Allied Health Research and Translation Capacity is to be visionary in its approach to research and evidence informed practice, to embed and sustain clinical research and the translation of research directly into clinical practice as recognised components of core business at all levels of allied health. This will enable provision of improved health care and health outcomes for individuals and the population. This strategy proposes to ensure that research is embedded and sustained in all health services and by all allied health professionals and is aligned with the Research Focus 2020 (SA Health) (PDF 130KB) and SA Health Strategic Plan 2017 to 2020. The strategy aims to:
Influence and guide allied health directors, line managers, heads of departments and staff in the clinical application of research and evidence-informed practice;
Co-ordinate and integrate research structures and systems and promote continued steps to build the application of allied health research to clinical practice; and
Promote clinical research excellence as a driver of better health and better health care for all South Australians.
International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE)
The International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) works locally, nationally and globally to create new knowledge and translate evidence into safe, quality health care. iCAHE partners with researchers, clinicians, educators, policy makers, government, industry, professional and consumer groups and the broader community.
iCAHE provides a wide range of tools, services and resources to support health practitioners, in translating evidence into policy and practice. Please visit and explore the iCAHE website for more information.
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.
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.
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