Research and Evidence Informed Practice in Allied and Scientific Health
The Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO) aims to enable excellence in allied health research, which is crucial to delivering
South Australian Allied Health Research Forum 2019 – Beyond the Brilliant idea! Planning, Doing and Applying Research in Clinical Practice
The inaugural SA Health Allied Health Research Forum will be held on 23rd
For more information or to register for the forum, contact ASHO via HealthAlliedandScientificHealth@sa.gov.au.
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
- 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.
This paper has been released for consultation with stakeholders and the final document will be published in due course.
& UniSA Allied Health Research Collaboration: Funding Recipients 2018
In 2018, combined funding from UniSA, The Hospital Research Foundation and Country Health SA
A total of 25 applications were received and 8 projects were funded across 6 allied health professions. The assessment panel was impressed with the breadth of applications received and pleased to have the opportunity to support new allied health research across all SA Health Local Health Networks. The funded projects share a focus on translation of research knowledge into practice to improve patient outcomes and this has been a valuable new initiative within allied health.
The following projects were awarded Allied Health Research Collaboration funding in 2018:
Facilitating manual wheelchair skills following lower limb amputation using a group process: A mixed methods evaluation of a new intervention
Profession(s): Occupational Therapy
Chief Investigator: Kimberly Charlton
Research Team: Georgie Tucker, Carolyn Murray, Angela Berndt, Rose Boucaut
Closing the evidence-practice gap by promoting early mobilisation in admitted patients: a mixed-methods research study
Chief Investigator: Jenne Farrant
Research Team: Karen Sherwell, Sarah Choat, Kylie Johnston, Anna Phillips, Saravana Kumar
Demonstrating the impact of the Whyalla Community Mental Health
RehabillitationService: A mixed methods study
Profession(s): Multi-disciplinary (OT, Physio, Mental Health clinicians)
Chief Investigator: Adrian Leet
Research Team: Shaun Dennis, Audrey McCall, Alexandra McIntyre, Jocelyn Kernot, Sue Gilbert-Hunt, Angela Berndt, Saravana Kumar, Amy Baker
Early Mobilisation in Paediatric Intensive Care (
EMPIC): A Quality and Safety Intervention
Profession(s): Multi-disciplinary (Physiotherapy, Nursing, Medical Intensivist)
Chief Investigator: Catherine Muir
Characterization of swallow dysfunction and neuronal degeneration in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome
Profession(s): Multi-disciplinary (Speech Pathology, Head & Neck Surgery, Sleep Physician, Medical Scientist)
Chief Investigator: Mistyka Schar
Research Team: Eng Ooi, Theo Athanasiadis, Charmaine Woods, Ching Li Chair-Coetzer, Taher Omari, Danny Eckert, Kurt Lushington, Anna Kontos, Jill Dorrian
Antimicrobial prescribing patterns: A comparative study of guideline compliance in a regional GP led hospital, before and after implementation of clinical pharmacy services
Chief Investigator: Mahsa Tantiongco
Research Team: Pascale Dettwiller, Stefan Kowalski
Investigation of the
broad scaleimpact of the frequency of clinic basedearly intervention services within the 0-4 age range with diagnosed/suspected developmental delay
Profession(s): Speech Pathology
Chief Investigator: Nicolette Varvounis
Research Team: Jessica Stott, Linda Nimmo, Emily Ward, Kobie Boshoff, Terry Boyle, Sophie Lefmann
An Audit of an Advance Scope Physiotherapy Services in a Combined Rheumatologist/Physiotherapist Clinic
Profession(s): Multi-disciplinary (Physiotherapy, Rheumatology)
Chief Investigator: Alison Wigg
Research Team: Annie Ayres, Susanna Proudman, Rachel Black, Steve Milanese
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, particularly the members of the Allied and Scientific Health Office of the Department for Health and Wellbeing, South Australia, in translating evidence into policy and practice. The following is a summary of the services we provide to ASHO members:
- Free one-hour Professional Development courses in
Evidence basedpractice and Research Methodology
- Free resources including
- Journal club (request via iCAHEjournalclub@unisa.edu.au)
- Training for facilitators (face to face or online via virtual classroom).
- Support in
- developing a search strategy, searching for the most relevant evidence to underpin quality improvement activities, evidence implementation into practice considering local context
- critical appraisal of the evidence, with a guide to local context applicability and decision making
- Statistical analysis assistance and support (request via iCAHE@unisa.edu.au)
- Rapid reviews of the literature (request via ASHO office)
- A 12-week rapid review process can be conducted for those needing evidence to underpin their practice or policies
- Masterclasses (announced in the iCAHE website)
- iCAHE runs annual masterclasses to provide best practice updates in allied health service delivery models, quality and safety, evaluation strategies and measures of accountability
Health Consumers Alliance
International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE) is visionary with its partnership with Healthcare Consumers Alliance (HCA).
iCAHE aims to make a difference to
Professional Certificate in Health Consumer Engagement
This Certificate resulted from
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
For further information, corrections or additions to the resource list, please contact the ASHO at HealthAlliedandScientificHealth@sa.gov.au
The ongoing partnership with
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
The latest information is available through the iCAHE website.
For further information on