Dr Olivia King

I am a Senior Consultant with AHP Workforce working on a research capacity building program and the Manager of Western Alliance’s Research Capacity Building Program. I am also an Adjunct Research Associate with Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education. I wear many hats, but all my work relates to building capacity, capability, and flexibility in the healthcare workforce. My research interests include interprofessional role boundaries, allied health workforce, sociology of the professions, and health professions education.

Building research capacity in low resource settings

Building research capacity is high on the health policy agenda. Health organisations that have higher levels of research capacity and activity are more likely to perform evidence-based practice and deliver evidence-informed health messages to patients. Many research capacity building (RCB) iniatives, however, assume a level of resourcing in health organisations …

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7 Ways to Be a Research Enabling Manager

Producing, using, and translating research evidence that is relevant to healthcare policy and clinical practice is critical to maximising healthcare effectiveness, efficiency, and safety. However not all organisations are equally effective at creating a culture that is supportive of research. This article looks at how to become a research enabling …

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Allied health professional administering a vaccine

How COVID-19 is shaping healthcare professional role boundaries

Were you surprised to read that physiotherapists, podiatrists, and dietitians will be able to administer COVID vaccines? Have you ever wondered how professional role boundaries are determined? Who decides what the different professions can and cannot do in terms of their clinical practice? Or how decisions about role boundaries and …

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