Resources

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) and its members regularly develop resources and guidance to help allied health practitioners in their work and to support their ongoing education and professional development.

AHPA may also occasionally share resources developed by other organisations. The resources available through AHPA are intended to be multidisciplinary in nature and reflect the organisation’s broad focus. If you are seeking resources for a specific profession, please visit the homepage of your professional association. We ask that you do not host or reproduce these resources without express permission from AHPA or the original content developer.

26 April 2021 • Aged Care

Webinar Series with Australian Digital Health Agency

AHPA partnered with Australian Digital Health Agency for a set of  interactive sessions and panel discussions focusing on how digital health tools, such as My Health Record, can support enhanced models of person-centred care.

Recordings and registrations available below:

Webinar 1: Benefits of My Health Record in Aged Care
This webinar explores the potential benefits of My Health Record for the ageing population to help understand the context for the Royal Commission’s recommendations for its use within the aged care sector.

Webinar 2: My Health Record: Get Connected!

This webinar explores the potential benefits of My Health Record, focusing on how digital health tools, such as My Health Record, can support enhanced models of person-centred care.

Webinar 3: My Health Record for Allied Health Professionals in Aged Care

Learn how having access to key health information can contribute to the safer use of medicines, better decision support for Allied Health and improved transition of care for a resident. This webinar will provide an opportunity for Health care professionals working in the aged care sector to better understand how My Health record can be used to improve care outcomes.

Webinar 4: Securely communicating with your referrers – using secure messaging in your allied health practice

Traditionally healthcare providers have used fax and email to share patient and clinical information, however these mediums have little to no security measures. Secure messaging ensures better protection of patient information through enhanced security measures and can save both you and your referrers valuable time. This webinar will cover how to use secure messaging in your allied health practice and an overview of the Service Registration Assistant. Finally, the webinar will conclude with a panel discussion where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

26 April 2021 • Digital health

Webinar Series with Australian Digital Health Agency

AHPA partnered with Australian Digital Health Agency for a set of  interactive sessions and panel discussions focusing on how digital health tools, such as My Health Record, can support enhanced models of person-centred care.

Recordings of the webinars are available here:

Webinar 1: Benefits of My Health Record in Aged Care

This webinar explores the potential benefits of My Health Record for the ageing population to help understand the context for the Royal Commission’s recommendations for its use within the aged care sector.

Webinar 2: My Health Record: Get Connected!

This webinar explores the potential benefits of My Health Record, focusing on how digital health tools, such as My Health Record, can support enhanced models of person-centred care.

Webinar 3: My Health Record for Allied Health Professionals in Aged Care

Learn how having access to key health information can contribute to the safer use of medicines, better decision support for Allied Health and improved transition of care for a resident. This webinar will provide an opportunity for Health care professionals working in the aged care sector to better understand how My Health record can be used to improve care outcomes.

Webinar 4: Securely communicating with your referrers – using secure messaging in your allied health practice

Traditionally healthcare providers have used fax and email to share patient and clinical information, however these mediums have little to no security measures. Secure messaging ensures better protection of patient information through enhanced security measures and can save both you and your referrers valuable time. This webinar will cover how to use secure messaging in your allied health practice and an overview of the Service Registration Assistant. Finally, the webinar will conclude with a panel discussion where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

19 February 2021 • Rehabilitative care

Rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19

The World Health Organization has developed a 7-module course on rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19 as part of its free training series on Clinical Management of COVID-19.

Modules address the varied rehab needs of COVID-19 patients including cognitive impairment, physical deconditioning, respiratory impairment, swallow impairment, communication impairment and challenges in completing activities of daily living. Techniques for rehabilitation also are addressed. Each module lasts 20-30 minutes.

Visit WHO Rehabilitation of patients with COVID-19 (course) Visit WHO Clinical management of patients with COVID-19 (series)

28 October 2020 • AHPA Resources

Connection guides for allied health professionals

AHPA has developed a series of connection guides for allied health professionals seeking to engage with digital platforms.

These guides provide practical advice that addresses issues specific to allied health professionals. The guides for connecting with My Health Record include information on how to connect via conformant software and via the National Provider Portal.

Download My Health Record connection guide for AHPRA-registered professions (.pdf, 602.12 KB) Download My Health Record connection guide for self-regulating professions (.pdf, 614.68 KB) Download Secure messaging connection guide (.pdf, 535.62 KB)

28 October 2020 • AHPA Resources

Digital health toolkits

AHPA has created toolkits to help allied health professions understand and interact with digital health platforms such as My Health Record and secure messaging. This is part of AHPA’s ongoing work to support allied health professions to engage with digital health.

Download Digital health toolkit - allied health services (.pdf, 602.04 KB) Download Digital health toolkit - allied health musculoskeletal services (.pdf, 607.49 KB) Download Digital health toolkit - allied health mental health services (.pdf, 600.89 KB)

28 October 2020 • AHPA Resources

Digital health policy templates

Healthcare organisations participating in the My Health Record system are required to have policies in place that ensure the system is used safely and responsibly.

These policy templates will help allied health practices prepare appropriate digital health policies and ensure their compliance with My Health Record requirements.

Download Digital health policy template - allied health services (.pdf, 79.04 KB) Download Digital health policy template - allied health musculoskeletal services (.pdf, 78.88 KB) Download Digital health policy template - allied health mental health services (.pdf, 80.63 KB)

21 October 2020 • Clinical practice

Infection prevention and control guidance

AHPA and its members supported the development of infection prevention and control guidance for allied health practices by the Department of Health. Separate groups of professional associations contributed to reports and checklists to guide allied health practitioners and reduce virus transmission rates while working in the context of COVID-19.

Download Infection Prevention and Control Guidance in Allied Health Practice (.pdf, 3.10 MB) Download Infection control checklist for allied health - in practice (.pdf, 181.26 KB) Download Infection control checklist for allied health - in home (.pdf, 214.39 KB)

26 August 2020 • AHPA Resources

Digital Health Inclusion Tool

AHPA’s Digital Inclusion Assessment and Planning Tool for Allied Health Providers has been developed to help allied health professionals engage with digital health technologies including My Health Record, secure messaging and telehealth. It is intended to help allied health providers assess their own understanding of these technologies and determine how they would benefit their practice and patients.

Once practitioners have completed a self-assessment, the tool provides links to a range of resources for further reading and support to implement digital health tools.

Download Digital Inclusion Assessment and Planning Tool for Allied Health Providers (.pdf, 2.22 MB)

17 July 2020 • Clinical practice

Communicating safe eating and drinking

Safer Care Victoria has released new guidance on communicating safe eating and drinking requirements for high-risk patients in Victorian hospitals. The guidance focuses on five key areas to guide effective communication for safe eating and drinking and provides tools for health services to help support implementation, including a fact sheet for patients, families and carers.

Visit Safer Care Victoria website

10 June 2020 • AHPA Resources

Telehealth guidance for allied health professionals

AHPA has produced a guide and several associated resources addressing technical, privacy and security, and clinical assessment aspects of telehealth for allied health professionals . These resources are intended to provide an overall introduction to telehealth and are to be used in conjunction with profession-specific guidance developed by individual professions.

Download Telehealth Guide for Allied Health Professionals (.pdf, 447.28 KB) Download Telehealth Platforms Guide for Allied Health Professionals (.pdf, 198.60 KB) Download Telehealth Checklist - Providers (.pdf, 96.69 KB) Download Telehealth Checklist - Consumers (.pdf, 105.29 KB)