More than 180 allied health professionals from across Queensland came together for the annual Allied Health Clinical Education Forum on Friday 12 October 2018. With the theme of ‘Trailblazing and Translation’, the forum showcased various initiatives that are transforming clinical education across the state.
“It’s an opportunity for our Clinical Educators to get some valuable professional development and to establish and grow their networks,” Acting Chief Allied Health Officer, Liza-Jane McBride said.
Keynote speakers Professor Elizabeth Molloy and Dr Ingrid Hickman left the audience feeling inspired with presentations about work integrated learning and research translation.
“Elizabeth’s notion of making sure students really belong to the department so when they come on placement, they don’t feel isolated and get the sense that they’re a professional in the service. Research shows that that makes them better clinicians in the end, so I’m now thinking about how I can develop resources for our supervisors,” Irene Schneider, Metro North said.
The forum also provided an opportunity for Queensland Health clinical educators, student supervisors and staff to share knowledge and expand networks.
Logan physiotherapist Kirby Adams shared, “as Allied Health professionals we can get segregated by our professions, so it is great to have to opportunity to network inter-professionally and share resources. It is really valuable to be able to come together and discuss the fantastic work that we do.”
“I’ve been really inspired to listen to colleagues from other disciplines and see what work they’re doing in clinical education. It’s really motivating to see that we’re working on the same sort of priorities and can learn from each other,” Townsville Occupational Therapist, Lauren Matheson said.