The evolution of a state-wide continuing education programme for allied health professionals
Schoo, Adrian M. M., Stagnitti, Karen E. and McNamara, Kevin P. 2008, The evolution of a state-wide continuing education programme for allied health professionals, International journal of therapy and rehabilitation, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 60-67.
Allied health professionals require continuing education (CE) to maintain and improve competencies and standards of care. Research suggests that professional access to CE in rural areas can be difficult.
This article uses an action research framework to describe the development and implementation of a CE programme for allied health professionals in a rural area in Australia, and its subsequent evolution into a state-wide programme. To evaluate programme relevance, attendance and perceived clinical relevance, physiotherapists (n = 75) in southwest Victoria were surveyed 1year after commencement of a CE programme. A secondary outcome was the perceived effect on clinical practice.
More than two-thirds (68.6%) of physiotherapists attended at least one workshop, 57.2% attended four or more sessions and 22.9% attended at least one of the two conducted courses over the period. In addition, 20% of the physiotherapists perceived that attending the programme had a large positive effect on their therapeutic skills, whereas 68.6% reported some effect. From a regional CE programme for physiotherapists the programme evolved into a state-wide programme for 22 allied health professions.
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Field of Research
110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
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