Barriers and enablers to clinical fieldwork education in rural public and private allied health practice

Maloney, Phoebe, Stagnitti, Karen and Schoo, Adrian 2013, Barriers and enablers to clinical fieldwork education in rural public and private allied health practice, Higher education research and development, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 1-16.

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Title Barriers and enablers to clinical fieldwork education in rural public and private allied health practice
Author(s) Maloney, Phoebe
Stagnitti, Karen
Schoo, Adrian
Journal name Higher education research and development
Volume number 32
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013
ISSN 0729-4360
1469-8366
Keyword(s) Clinical fieldwork education
Clinical fieldwork placement
Public and private sectors
Rural allied health
Student supervision
Work-intergrated learning
Summary There is a need to maximise rural clinical fieldwork placement to build health workforce capacity. This study investigated allied health professionals' (AHPs) experience of supervising students as part of work-integrated learning in public and private rural health settings. An anonymous postal questionnaire with 30 questions was used to collect quantitative and qualitative data about the barriers and enablers that AHPs encounter when supervising students in their clinical setting. A total of 113 public and private AHPs from Southwest Victoria, Australia, returned the questionnaire. The AHPs were trained in the disciplines of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech pathology, dietetics, podiatry or psychology. The majority of respondents (75%) had previously supervised students. Most respondents had only provided fieldwork education in the public sector. Allied health professionals working in public and private sectors had positive experiences with clinical fieldwork education and often had increased job satisfaction while supervising students. They experienced similar enablers to involvement in clinical fieldwork education programs, however the barriers they encountered were different. The findings highlight the differing issues between rural public and private settings that need to be addressed for successful clinical fieldwork education and work-integrated learning. Strategies to address the identified barriers need to be specific to the work conditions of each setting.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Routledge
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