How to use this Resource:
This resource provides a range of strategies for supervising and supporting staff working remotely from their supervisors or colleagues. Remote may be interpreted as rural and remote where staff are long distances from supervisors or colleagues or it may be interpreted as remote due to different work locations. A supervisor, for example, may work in a metropolitan head office, whilst the supervisee may work on the road providing services in homes or workplaces in the same metropolitan area. The strategies in this resource may be useful to clinical supervisors, but also to Allied Health Professionals (AHP) working with and providing support to Allied Health Assistants (AHA) in separate locations.
Strategies for supervising and supporting staff working remotely
Speech Pathologist/ Occupational Therapist/ Physiotherapist and Therapy Assistants
- Ensure process in place to regularly check/update required equipment.
- Consider funding remote Allied Health Professionals devices.
- In the case of rural or sole/isolated clinicians, one-to-one supervision may be done by telephone, videoconference, holoporting or online.
- Tele-health, tele-supervision and tele-conferencing can be utilized to link Allied Health Professionals to off-site supervisors.
- HETI: The Superguide (also copied into Appendix 2)
- SARRAH Telehealth (also copied into Appendix 1)
- Presentation: Telehealth Enhancing Remote Physiotherapy
- Silverchain Holoporting: In real time a doctor located off-site appears as a hologram to a nurse and patient wearing HoloLens headset at the patient’s home. Consider application opportunities for this technology in staff supervision and collaboration (eg. Remote supervisor attending a therapy session as a hologram as Allied Health Professionals works with an individual with a disability). Watch Holoporting Doctors to patient homes with HoloLens video here.
- Consider simulation-based learning.
- Consider observation or collaboration through holoporting.
- Occupational Therapy specific resources
- Physiotherapy specific resources
- Speech Pathology specific resources
- OTA members in WA can join Special Interest Groups for:
- 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: AGOSCI: www.agosci.org.au
- SPA members can join closed member communities for:
- Mental Health
- Early Careers
- Private Practice
- Rural and Remote
- WA Bramch
- SPA members can join Special interest groups for:
- Speech Pathologists and Adult Disability
- Speech Pathologists in Vision Impairment Network
View Appendix 1-12:
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.