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More than 100 allied health professionals gathered at Federation University Gippsland in Churchill for the third Gippsland Allied Health Symposium on May 20, 2016.

Allied health encompassed many health care professionals including dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, prosthetists & orthotists, radiographers, radiotherapists, social workers and speech pathologists.

The theme of this year’s symposium was ‘Change Agents: Allied Health Practice Responses to Challenging Rural Environments’ with the symposium aiming to promote new, innovative and sustainable models of allied health practice that are essential to support rural and regional communities into the future.

Keynote speakers at the symposium included Associate Professor Tony Smith, a radiographer and academic from the University of Newcastle, Dr Rebecca Phillips, an occupational therapist and lecturer from the Australian National University, Dr Doris Paton from the East Gippsland School for Aboriginal Health Professionals, Suzanne Vilé, Strategic Change Project Leader from Scope and Kathleen Phillip, Chief Allied Health Advisor of Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a variety of presentations from Gippsland Based clinicians and those from across the state. Poster presentations outlining research findings and program innovations were also presented by a number of clinicians.

Presentations from the symposium:

Session 1:

Pushing Professional Boundaries and Challenging the Status Quo: Are the Benefits Worth the Risks? Associate Professor Tony Smith Deputy Director, University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine

East Gippsland School for Aboriginal Health Professionals: A Wise Practice Approach to Increasing Aboriginal Health Professionals Dr. Doris Paton Chairperson, East Gippsland School for Aboriginal Health Professionals.

These presentations are not currently available. For more information, please contact Desi Glaubitz, Gippsland Allied Health Symposium Planning Committee, Department of Health & Human Services on 03 5177 2665 or AHSymposium.Gippsland@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Session 2:

Involving Patients in the Interprofessional Care Team: How Allied Health Professionals can be Change Agents, Rebecca Phillips, Senior Project Officer, Chronic Disease Management Unit, ACT Health Clinical Lecturer, Centre for Health Stewardship, The Australian National University.

Session 3:

Development of a Discussion Tool for Sharing Current Falls Prevention Knowledge With People Living With Dementia, Ms Claudia Meyer, Research Officer Royal District Nursing Service.

Foodie Fridays – A South Gippsland Community Initiative, Ms Angela Breeze, Accredited Practicing Dietitian Gippsland Southern Health Service.

Eating for Independence: Promoting timely Identification of Older People at Nutritional Risk and Referral for Capacity Building Interventions, Ms Denise Leyden, Dietitian Goulburn Valley Health.

Session 4:

Implementing Animal-assisted Therapy in a Regional Community Health Setting, Ms Cheye Paoli, Speech Pathologist Gippsland Lakes Community Health.

Are We Kidding Ourselves or Do We Really Make a Difference? Ms Innika Lea, Paediatric Speech Pathologist, Latrobe Community Health and Dr Susan Fletcher, Research Academic, Monash University.

De-Feeting Wounds Regionally: Stepping Into a Podiatry Led High Risk Foot Clinic, Miss Stacey Beacham, Assistant Manager, Primary Intervention and Nicole Gawley, Senior High Risk Foot Clinic Podiatrist, Latrobe Community Health Service.  This presentation is not currently available. For more information, please contact Michelle.Cimoli@austin.org.au.

Session 5:

The Implementation of a High Risk Foot Service on a Shoestring, Ms Brooke Plozza, Podiatrist, West Gippsland Healthcare Group.

De-Feeting Wounds Regionally: Stepping Into a Podiatry Led High Risk Foot Clinic, Miss Stacey Beacham, Assistant Manager, Primary Intervention and Nicole Gawley, Senior High Risk Foot Clinic Podiatrist, Latrobe Community Health Service.

Using Home Care Enablers to Improve Care of Older People in the Community, Ms Maria Cardoso, Project Officer, Workforce Innovation Project, Orbost Regional Health.

Session 6:

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Suzanne Vilé, Strategic Change Projects Leader, Scope.

Session 7:

Contact is Not Enough: Interprofessional Clinical Education, Dr Susan Waller, Senior Lecturer, Monash University Department of Rural Health.

Establishment of Gippsland Regional Best Practice Shared Care Model for Post Treatment Follow-up of Cancer Patient, Ms Catherine Beaufort, Manager Radiation Oncology, Latrobe Regional Hospital, William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre.

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Inoperable Early Stage Lung Cancer, Miss Belinda Hua, Intern Radiation Therapist, William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre.

Session 8:

Community Rehabilitation Services – Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase 2 Fast Track Night Class Pilot, Mr Bruce Campbell, Sub-Acute Ambulatory Services Coordinator, Latrobe Regional Hospital.

Balance and Mobility from Strength to Strength, Ms Caroline Lubach, Occupational Therapist, and Ms Kristy Lucas, Allied Health Assistant and Ms Kate Wignall, Occupational Therapist, Yarram and District Health Service.

Be Deadly, Get Healthy – An Opportunity for Exercise in the Aboriginal Community, Mrs Kristy Dougheney, Physiotherapist, West Gippsland Healthcare Group.

Session 9:

The Changing Health and Human Services Landscape in Victoria; and Some Priorities for Allied Health, Kathleen Philip, Chief Allied Health Advisor of Victoria, Department of Health and Human Services.

The symposium is supported by the Gippsland PHN, the Department of Health and Human Services, Monash University Department of Rural Health, Access Rehabilitation Equipment, West Gippsland Healthcare Group, Latrobe Regional Hospital, Latrobe Community Health Service, Gippsland Southern Health Service.