The Allied Health Professions’ Office of Queensland (AHPOQ) hosted a one-day allied health assistant (AHA) workshop on 23 March 2018.
Workshop attendees comprised allied health managers and clinicians including chairs of professional groups, workforce development officers and AHAs from across the state together with representatives from unions, TAFE and other Department of Health units.
The full day program included presentations on the current status of the AHA workforce in Queensland Health, an evaluation of the AHA Framework, a showcase of models of care optimising AHA scope of practice and a number of interactive group activities that addressed the scale and spread of successful models, ongoing challenges and building the evidence base.
Quotes from participants following the workshop include:
- "Excellent program, great discussion and opportunities for networking, good to have the perspective of individual AHAs and external agencies"
- "Great to see what other Hospital and Health Services are providing service provision-wise"
- "This workshop provided much more useful information and take-home messages than I had expected"
AHPOQ, in partnership with Hospital and Health Services (HHSs), will continue to progress workforce reform and redesign activities designed to optimise the use of AHAs. This includes revision of the AHA Framework and companion documents, development of an evaluation framework to support consistent evaluation of AHA models of care by health services, and identification of AHA models for scale and spread.
In addition, AHPOQ have communicated the outcomes of the workshop with relevant stakeholder networks and agencies who may be able to advance activities that are aligned to their work priorities.
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