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University staff may find the resource helpful in facilitating student practicums. Services may utilise the resource to undertake new student placements or improve existing student placements.

The list of strategies is not intended to be prescriptive nor exhaustive. It is assumed the reader is a lifelong learner who will seek out further information to interpret and apply the strategies that are appropriate for them and discover other strategies not contained in this resource.

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  • Staff consider students as part of their role.
  • The organisation considers students as part of their core business.
  • Discuss benefits of students as potential future staff and sources of current resources and practice.
  • Consider emerging roles.

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  • Be flexible about placement start and finish dates and start and finish times each day.
  • Work around school holidays.
  • Offer longer part time placements.
  • Overlap placements where experienced students orient new students thereby lessening the burden on the Allied Health Professionals.

Description 

  • Consider if all from the same level or mixture of senior and junior students.
  • Consider if all will be from one discipline, or from multiple disciplines.
  • Consider if all from same university.

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  • Allowing organisation to select an appropriate student matched to their workplace needs.

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  • Start small – pick one university or course and test processes and time commitments.
  • Be proactive in support for students not meeting expectations


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  • Time that would be committed to Allied Health Professionals’s professional development could be invested in student supervision. Normally this would be “non-billable" time".


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  • Start supervising early then it’s a part of AHPs work rather than trying to do this in the future and “fit it in”. 
  • The more Allied Health Professionals’s supervise the more efficient it gets and more embedded as a function.


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  • E-learning and videos on how to support students.
  • The Superguide
  • Adult learning theory
  • Templates
  • Guide to Supervision including templates
  • Attend university supervision education.  Contact university
  • Rural and Remote
  • Occupational Therapy specific resources:
  • SPEF-R
  • Speech Pathology specific resources:
  • COMPASS
  • Physiotherapy specific resources:
  • APP

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  • Initial investment in time then supervisors save time before, during and after a placement.
  • Documents/templates: Supervision agreements, logs, checklists, evaluation of supervision.

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  • Coordinate student placements.
  • Does not have to be a stand-alone role.
  • Does not necessarily provide supervision.
  • Does not have to be a clinician e.g. A HR officer.

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  • Consider documents and processes that can be HR’s responsibility or responsibility of learning and development officer, staff mentor or another role.

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  • AHPs not employed by organisation provide supervision in your organisation.
  • Discuss possibilities with University.
  • Consider multiple organisations sharing cost of external supervisor.

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  • Assessment tools are not completed e.g. observation or project placements

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  • Consider encouraging Allied Health students to apply for volunteer or
    Disability Support Worker roles prior to or following their placement.

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  • AHPs act as mentors for a student on placement in another organisation and a reciprocal arrangement exists.
  • Shares the support needs of the placement.

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  • Tele-health, tele-supervision and tele-conferencing can be utilised to link AHPs to off-site students or vice versa.
  • Holoporting: video of doctor working with remote nurse at patient’s home, but application opportunities for technology in student supervision: (also copied into Appendix 5)
  • Silverchain Holoporting

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  • To support students on placement.
  • Technology to link student to university staff.

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  • Ensure current knowledge of scheme rules around student services and if any fees can be charged for this service.
  • Ensure current knowledge of University Student Placement Fees.
  • NDIS Provider Toolkit: Are Allied Health Professionals students/provisional psychologists on clinical/practice placement able to provide services to NDIS participants? (also copied into Appendix 5)
  • Videos on strategies for student placements and the NDIS 

Students can utlise these resources prior to or on placement

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  • WHO ICF
  • NDIS
  • Restrictive practices.
  • ID health education.
  • Disability and Mental Health.
  • Resource to support practitioners to provide services to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, focus on mental health system.
  • Dementia information.
  • Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).
  • General disability resources.
  • Children with Disability.

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  • Students or supervisors could benefit from mentoring programs.

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  • engage organisation, practice educators, students and universities in reflective practice
    processes to improve placement quality.

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  • Linking supervisors of different disciplines in disability to each other.
  • National Disability Practitioners members access Allied Health Hub
  • Holoporting: video of doctor working with remote nurse at patient’s home. Consider if this technology could link Allied Health Professionals’s. Silverchain Holoporting: (also copied into Appendix 5)

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  • Discipline specific email, chat rooms, blogs.
  • Holoporting opportunities.
  • Discuss with university mentoring and support programs already existing that students can use whilst on placement.
  • Silverchain Holoporting: video of doctor working with remote nurse at patient’s home. Application opportunities in linking students for discussion or observation.

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  • Occupational Therapy specific resources.
  • Physiotherapy specific resources.
  • Speech Pathology specific resources.
  • Occupational Therapy Australia members in WA can join Special Interest Group for: NDIS.
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association members can join the National Disability Physiotherapy Group.
  • AGOSCI – Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment. Open to people with disabilities, family members, carers, therapists, teachers
  • SPA members can join closed member communities for:
    • Disability
    • Early Careers
    • Rural and Remote
    • Mental Health
    • WA Branch
    • Private Practice
  • SPA members can join Special Interest Groups for:
    • Speech Pathologists in Adult Disability
    • Speech Pathologists in Vision Impairment Network

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The list of strategies is not intended to be prescriptive nor exhaustive. It is assumed the reader is a lifelong learner who will seek out further information to interpret and apply the strategies that are appropriate for them and discover other strategies not contained in this resource. 

Contact information

NDS Project Lead, Jane Cousins, , NDS Project Officer, Katie van der Watt,