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SA Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway Evaluation

OTA members Ali Dymmott and Stacey George with their colleagues Chris Brebner and Narelle Campbell are evaluating the impact of an Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway for rural and remote early career Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in South Australia which was funded by the SA Government Rural Health Workforce Plan.

As the evaluation phase 1 report was released 29 May, Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade reported: “An evaluation of phase 1 of the initiative has been positive,  with early outcomes indicating the program will support trainees to work as more advanced rural generalist clinicians to better meet the needs of their local communities. Allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and speech pathology provide important every day support to patients, so we are determined to make sure that care is accessible in regional communities.”

10 clinicians are currently participating in the program across 4 Regional Local Health Networks including Eyre and Far North, Flinders and Upper North, Limestone Coast, Riverland Murray Coorong and Yorke and Northern South Australia.

Ali is undertaking her PhD exploring the experience of early career AHPs in rural and remote areas as well as investigating the impact of this generalist training pathway on improving workforce outcomes for allied health services in rural and remote South Australia.  

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