Appendix Part 1: Project Advisory Committee



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Appendix

Part 1: Project Advisory Committee


Sunil Bhar, Senior Lecturer, Psychology, Swinburne University

Jenny Foley, General Manager, Bupa Greensborough

Fiona McKinnon, Group Manager, Allied Health and Community Programs, St Vincent’s Hospital

Carylin Lenehan, Program Manager - Nursing and Allied Health, School of Life and Physical Sciences, RMIT University

Karl Moon, Uniting Aged Care, Education and Training Manager

Liz Nicholl, Coordinator, Northern Clinical Placement Network

Glenda Plavin, Uniting Aged Care Victoria and Tasmania, Day Therapy Coordinator

Sam Pilling, Development Manager, Northern Clinical School Network, La Trobe University

Gillian Taylor, Coordinator, Eastern Metropolitan Clinical Placement Network

Karen Teshuva, Project Manager, La Trobe University

Yvonne Wells, Professor, La Trobe University and Uniting Aged Care

Katrina Lavender, Allied Health Recent Graduate and Research Officer, La Trobe University


Part 2: Mapping Activities


The aim of the mapping exercise was to explore in the NMCPN region:

  1. the capacity of aged care providers to provide CP for AH students

  2. the demand for AH clinical placements

  3. the potential to increase the quantity of AH CPs

Three sources of data were used to map current and potential AH clinical placements in aged care in the Northern CPN region: 1) the VicProfile website, 2) an on-line survey of aged care providers, and 3) consultations with aged care providers.

VicProfile database


The VicProfile database provides data from the 2011 CPN Profiling Survey of clinical placements providers. Facility-level – Learning Environment and Infrastructure data were downloaded for the NMCPN region. Seventy-three services identified themselves as aged care service providers in the NMCPN region1:18 residential aged care facilities, 7 public hospitals, 11 community health services, 2 aged mental health services, 8 GP practices, 13 mental health services, 13 private hospitals, and 1 women’s hospital.
VicProfile Survey

The VicProfile survey data indicated that all public hospitals and most of the community health settings provided AH CPs (see Table 1). Only 18 RACFs responded to the VicProfile survey and very few community-based aged care services (with the exception of those based in community health services) responded to the VicProfile survey. Only two of the 18 participating RACFs provided AH CPs (allied health assistants and dietetics). Sixteen RACFs did not provide CPs in any of the nine AH disciplines. One aged mental health service provided CPs in psychology and social work in 2011.

Table 1: Number of aged care providers in the NMCPN region that offered AH clinical placements in 2011 (VicProfile data)









Type of AH clinical placement

Type of facility/ organisation

Total

AHA

Diet

Ex. phys

OT

Physio

Pod

Psych

Social Work

Speech path

Public hospitals

7

3

5

4

7

7

4

6

6

6

Community health services

11

6

7

2

9

9

7

2

8

6

Residential aged care facilities

18

2

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Aged Mental Health Services

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

Total

38

11

13

6

17

17

11

9

15

12

Project Survey of Aged Care Providers

Due to the low response rate, the project team, with the support of the Project Advisory Committee, conducted an on-line survey of aged care service providers to identify capacity for Allied Health CP in the Northern CPN region. Thirty-seven aged care providers completed the survey—a response rate of 30.8%. Seventeen aged care providers in the Northern CPN interested in AH CPs. Other findings include:



  • The most commonly provided AH services were: physiotherapy (94.6%), speech pathology (62.2%), podiatry (83.8%) and dietetics (75.7%). The least commonly provided AH services are exercise physiology (5.2%) and psychology (8.1%).

  • Only 31% of services that provided physiotherapy services delivered over 40 hours per month.

  • 81.1% of respondents reported brokering some or all of their AH services either through an agency or through sole practitioners.

  • 40.5% of the participating aged care providers had offered CPs in the last two years.

  • The most commonly offered AH CPs were physiotherapy (16.5%) and occupational therapy (13.5%).

  • The main barriers to offering AH CPs were perceived to be not having enough relevant staff (50.0%) and lack of supervision training (35.3%).

  • Sixteen respondents expressed interest in greater involvement in AH CPs.
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