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Title: A program for early career allied health clinicians in rural Australia.
Author: Harvey, Lisa
Newnham, Karyn
Issue Date: 2018
Conference Name: Ballarat Health Services 2018 Annual Research Symposium: research partnerships for population, people and patients; celebrating our research partnerships with the community in the Grampians region
Conference Date: November 29th
Conference Place: Ballarat
Abstract: Background Early career marks the transition from student to professional and coincides with a number of challenges such as relocating away from home/support systems and developing confidence, professional identify and sense of self. This transition period can leave Allied Health Clinicians vulnerable to anxiety, depression, isolation, burnout, and less able to provide quality patient care. Objectives/Aims This study implemented a support program for early career Allied Health Clinicians working in the rural healthcare setting. The program aimed to enhance work satisfaction, reduce burnout and increase staff retention by providing clinicians with professional development, patient centred skills practice and networking opportunities in a safe, creative and engaging way. Method Group Sessions were held across nine months and were theory, self-reflection and practical in focus. Content included: supervision, career development and identity, resilience and sources of support, building skills in motivational interviewing, time management, self-care, and resolving conflict. Graduates and those early in their career came from a number of different Allied Health disciplines including: Pharmacy, Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Prosthetics, Occupational Therapy, Neuropsychology and Psychology. There were 18 Allied Health clinicians enrolled in the program with an average of 11 attending each session. Each session was evaluated with quantitative and qualitative feedback including pre and post knowledge of the subject, and how well session learning objectives were met. Results Participants strongly endorsed the program content, particularly regarding skill development for working with challenging clients, resolving conflict, and motivational interviewing. All participants reported an increase in professional skills after each session. Overall, participants enjoyed the ‘hands on’ activities and opportunities to connect with other early career clinicians. Implications/Outcomes for Planned Research Project This program was successful in providing professional development and support for early career clinicians. Final Thoughts This program would likely be beneficial for other rural and regional Health organisations seeking to support early career clinicians, particularly where staff retention is challenging. Ideally longitudinal analysis of job satisfaction and retention of participants would lend further evidence to the utility of this program for both individuals and organisations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11054/1324
Internal ID Number: 01281
Health Subject: GROUP SESSIONS
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PATIENT CENTRED SKILLS PRACTICE
NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
Type: Conference
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