Allied Health LINK ROUNDUP June 2017

Allied Health Link Roundup June 2017

 

We at ALLIED HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES are looking to save you guys precious time and resources wherever we can… Hence we are launching a regular LINK ROUND UP BLOG for your perusing pleasure!

Read on, save for later, share on social – here are some awesome links you, as an awesome allied health professional, need to know about right now…

I have collated the best links I’ve found this month under these loose areas relevant to all of us!  Please comment or shoot me an email if you feel you would like a different area of clinical or non-clinical practice covered or if you feel there is an awesome blog / link / service / research / innovation your fellow AHP’s should really know about!!

 

Leadership

 

Mentoring

We’ve all heard how great mentoring is for us as Health Professionals, but is it for everyone? Is it tricky to find? Check out these great reads regarding mentoring and get off your butt and get involved, you know you need to!!

Do Extroverts Get More Out Of Mentoring?
5 Valuable Tips For Building Mentor Relationships 
Need A Good Mentor? Here’s How To Find One

A couple of quick recent & relevant articles for you…
Coppin, R. & Fisher, G. (2016) Professional association group mentoring for allied health professionals, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, Vol. 11 Issue: 1, pp.2-21, https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-02-2015-1275

Susana, P. & Castanheira, P. (2016) Mentoring for educators’ professional learning and development: A meta-synthesis of IJMCE volumes 1-4, International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, Vol. 5 Issue: 4, pp.334-346, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMCE-10-2015-0030

Many of the National Associations have mentoring programs here in Australia.  In addition, often private practitioners offer mentoring or supervision by the hour or alternatively, if you admire a colleague’s professional experience, teaching style and integrity – you could always just ask them for some formalised support!

We at Allied Health Support Services will soon be offering mentoring, one on one and group or peer supervision opportunities…
Sign up for our FREE NEWSLETTER to keep in the know of when these additional support services kick off!

 

Blogs & Influencers

 

ALL 4 MY CHILD

This is the brain child of 2 x Speech & Language Therapists and 1 x Occupational Therapist with a passion for supporting social skill development in children.  These guys have a website and a blog but they have also designed a number of apps to assist parents, teachers and clinicians alike.

Check out these apps for inspiration!
Social Adventures – describes more than 80 activities for teaching social skills and is organised according to the Imagine Social Success Framework. Fun and engaging for kids ages 3-10.
Imagine Checklist – The Imagine Checklist App is an informal assessment of more than 60 specific social cognition skills following our IMAGINE framework of social development, including;  Initiating interactions, maintaining interactions, advocating and negotiating, getting regulated, interpreting nonverbal language, negotiating space and experiencing humour.
Bag Game –  A spin-off of the ‘20 questions’ game with visual graphics, this can keep kids (and adults!) engaged with each other.
Talking Train –  This is a customizable virtual whiteboard that looks like a train. It’s designed to provide support for simple story telling, sequencing, and question asking, but with endless possibilities!
Fun Timer – The Fun Timer provides a new twist on timers and is specifically designed for kids who have little sense of time or weak time management skills.

Medical Republic

These guys post a fortnightly ‘roundup’ of interesting articles and research from the Medical Journals around the world.  They also do a host of other Interesting blog content with a medical focus. They also release a fortnightly ‘real life’ print paper you can subscribe to.

Here’s their latest journal roundup –
http://medicalrepublic.com.au/journal-round-new-tech-neuro-issues/9666

 

Equipment & Resources

 

Medical Futurist

Dr. Bertalan Mesko of the Medical Futurist blog is a physician, consultant, philanthropist, author, lecturer, self-proclaimed geek and super cool. His blog, whilst very medical profession focused, is thought provoking and patient-centred.  This is a blog to certainly be aware of!  I’m loving these offerings at the moment…

10 Best Health Technology Innovations CES 2017
Peek Into The Future Of Hospitals

This blog focuses on digital health and medical technology with his audience being both clinicians and patients alike. There is a free weekly emailed newsletter if you’re keen, otherwise it’s a good one to bookmark.

 

Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)

Whether you work in rural and remote communities or not, you need to know about this amazing organisation and you need to check out their website.  They produce great resources such as their Transition To Rural and Remote Practice Toolkits, have a mentoring program, run National events and scholarships and much more. There is corporate membership, student membership and individual membership options for a fee. Have a little look at this resource toolkit –
Transition To Remote & Rural Practice Toolkit

 

Private Practice

 

Click HR 

If you’re in business you need a good, approachable human resources consultant on your team!

Dan and Laura are friendly, professional and are here to help you make the right people decisions for your business. Get in touch today for a free no obligation chat about how Click HR can assist you!

Allied Health Support Services have chosen to partner with these guys and you will understand why when you speak with them and check out some of their some of their resources and templates for both employers and employees here

 

7 Secrets To Growing Your Business Rapidly

I like this article from Business News Daily.  There is no magical solution, no quick fix to growing your business, but there are some lovely reminders of why we start our small businesses and how to stay on track.  Refresh your business brain and refocus on your goals!

 

Clinical

 

CoordiKids 

If you are a parent or work with paediatrics you need to suss these guys out!

CoordiKids compliments therapy to address sensory motor skills in children of all ages.  They have compiled, prepared and video recorded activities and exercises for parents and children to do at home in a fun way.

Videos ensure that your client does every exercise correctly.  The exercises follow the neuro-developmental sequence to ensure optimal development of skills – CoordiKids address sensory processing, balance, core muscles, bilateral integration, motor planning and praxis.

Want to see the layout of the program and some examples?  Have a look at http://www.childrenproblems.com/demonstration-exercises/  and give the very lovely Marga Grey a call if you have any questions.

We at Allied Health Support Services have uploaded a couple of her fab pre-recorded webinars for our resource library but look out for her pre-recorded webinar series on Sensory Processing and some more live paediatric based webinars to be commencing soon!

 

Self Care

 

Angela Lockwood – “How to Switch Off”

Angela is by trade an Occupational Therapist and has now not only authored blogs posts, podcasts, newspaper and magazine articles, she has released a book entitled “ How To Switch Off”. Clearly this is something we all struggle with, in this day and age, and something we can all improve upon!  She is successfully taking this message to healthcare organisations, corporate companies, schools and the general public alike.

Check out her website and have a listen / read / watch… Be inspired to slow down, build your resilience and improve you own self care.  She has a fab free email subscription for a ‘daily dose’ of just the right amount of motivation, straight to your inbox.

 

Research

 

Speech Bite 

 

This site was launched to ease access and improve research appraisal relevant to all communication and swallowing disorders. The site’s administrators apply the PEDro-P rating scale to research but there is also an online training session offered, so the everyday health professional can better understand the rating scale and what to consider when reading research.  You can sign up for the monthly newsletters too.

 

Australian E Health Research Centre

‘The Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) is the leading national research facility applying information and communication technology to improve health services and clinical treatment for Australians’. It is a partnership between the Australian CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation) and the Queensland Government’s Queensland Health but it has a National focus.  Interestingly, the CSIRO have also partnered with the Western Australian Department of Health to develop novel telemedicine services, under the umbrella Australian Tele-Health Research & Development Group (ATDRG).

Follow them on Twitter @ehealthresearch

 

Events

 

Health Round Table

Health Round Table is a non-profit organisation that seeks to provide opportunities for health representatives to learn how to achieve best practice in their health services. They promote collaboration and networking across Australia and New Zealand and seek to collect, analyse and publish comparative data to improve health care. They host networking and discussion ‘round table’ events all year long around Australia.

You can join and become a member, subject to an application to the board, to gain access to these comparative data reports, presentations and documents to assist you and your teams in your goal of innovative best practice health care.
Follow this great initiative via Twitter…  @HealthRTable

Here are some cool events coming up & these are of course, all on our INTERACTIVE EVENTS CALENDAR along with a million other events … Join our online community to have full access here

Innovations Workshops & Awards – Brisbane 26th-27th July 2017
Health professionals have the opportunity to share innovative practices across a wide spectrum of topics in rapid-fire mini workshops grouped into three streams; Improving Patient Centred Care, Improving Operational Performance and Improving Clinical Performance.

Chronic Care in the Community Improvement Group Workshop – Christchurch 29th-31st August
Discuss models of care and prevention and intervention opportunities outside of the hospital for clients with chronic illnesses.

Improving Hospital in the Home Special Roundtable – Brisbane 6th-7th September
Discussions, benchmarking and new directions for Hospital in the Home Programs around the country.

Allied Health Improvement Group Workshop – Adelaide 25th-26th October
This group, in partnership with the Australasian Allied Health Benchmarking Consortium (AAHBC) has been collecting and comparing Allied Health activity data to drive change and innovation in the delivery of patient care.

 

Check out these links and let us know how we can help you!
All opinions are my own, just a great round up of some great links, services and resources this month…

 

Until next time, let’s support each other! #alliedhealthprofessionsrule

 

Sarena Jones

Director @ Allied Health Support Services

sarena@alliedhealthsupport.com.au