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|Title:||Allied health: integral to transforming health|
|Citation:||Australian Health Review, 2016; 40(2):194-204|
|Lucylynn Lizarondo, Catherine Turnbull, Tracey Kroon, Karen Grimmer, Alison Bell, Saravana Kumar, Maureen McEvoy, Steve Milanese, Mary Russell, Lorraine Sheppard, Julie Walters and Louise Wiles|
|Abstract:||Objective: South Australia is taking an innovative step in transforming the way its healthcare is organised and delivered to better manage current and future demands on the health system. In an environment of transforming health services, there are clear opportunities for allied health to assist in determining solutions to various healthcare challenges. A recent opinion piece proposed 10 clinician-driven strategies to assist in maximising value and sustainability of healthcare in Australia. The present study aimed to seek the perspectives of allied health clinicians, educators, researchers, policy makers and managers on these strategies and their relevance to allied health. Methods: A survey of allied health practitioners was undertaken to capture their perspectives on the 10 clinician-driven strategies for maximising value and sustainability of healthcare in Australia. Survey findings were then layered with evidence from the literature. Results: Highly relevant across allied health are the strategies of discontinuation of low value practices, targeting clinical interventions to those getting greatest benefit, active involvement of patients in shared decision making and self-management and advocating for integrated systems of care. Conclusions: Allied health professionals have been involved in the South Australian healthcare system for a prolonged period, but their services are poorly recognised, often overlooked and not greatly supported in existing traditional practices. The results of the present study highlight ways in which healthcare services can implement strategies not only to improve the quality of patient outcomes, but also to offer innovative solutions for future, sustainable healthcare. The findings call for concerted efforts to increase the utilisation of allied health services to ensure the ‘maximum value for spend’ of the increasingly scarce health dollar.|
|Keywords:||Humans; Professional Role; Allied Health Personnel; Quality Assurance, Health Care; South Australia; Quality Improvement; Surveys and Questionnaires|
|Rights:||Journal compilation ® AHHA 2016|
|Appears in Collections:||Public Health publications|
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