You are invited to join an online forum dedicated to brainstorming innovative ideas on transforming allied health education. Participants will address the current and future workforce and service requirements of regional, rural, and remote government, not-for-profit, and private organisations.
This one-hour online forum, facilitated by the staff of the School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences, is funded by the Three Rivers Department of Rural Health. They welcome participation from a diverse range of allied health professionals, including new graduates and experienced practitioners, as well as their managers who deliver services to individuals residing in regional, rural, and remote areas.
This forum will explore various aspects, including:
- Identifying necessary changes in allied health education to meet present and future demands
- Collaborative opportunities between government, not-for-profit, and private agencies for the education of allied health students
- Enhancing agency and university collaboration, such as through continuous professional development, research initiatives, and conjoint positions
- Providing students with high-quality practical experiences that benefit both the agencies and communities they serve
Australia has witnessed a significant surge in the number of allied health courses offered over the past two decades, leading to a larger pool of graduates and an increased availability of allied health positions. However, despite these advancements, there remains a persistent challenge in filling vacancies, particularly in regional, rural, and remote locations.
The School of Allied Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences at Charles Sturt University recognises the potential for further education and support to be provided to passionate allied health professionals interested in working in these underserved areas. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the university to reconsider its educational delivery methods, aiming to effectively develop a workforce that meets the unique needs of local communities.
The motivation to transform the curricula also stems from the evolving healthcare landscape and the ongoing disparities in access to health services and health outcomes between regional, rural, and remote areas and metropolitan regions.
We value your experiences and perspectives and are eager to learn from you regarding improvements to allied health education.
The Three Rivers Department of Rural Health is financially supported by the Australian Government’s Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program.