Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshops will be held on Monday 9th November, at the Crown Convention Centre. You can book these during the NAHC registration process. They are an additional cost and have limited numbers. Non-Delegates can book HERE.

NAHC Morning Pre-Conference Workshops | Monday 9th November

The hidden giant; what's next for allied health?

Workshop Panellists:
Prof Lyn Littlefield, ED APS
Dr Stephen Duns, CEO, ASonA
Mr Damian Mitsch, CEO, APodC
Ms Glenys Wilkinson, CEO, AASW
Ms Lin Oke, EO, AHPA

  • $60 Participant Fee (3 hours)
The Australian healthcare landscape is evolving, with a number of Australian Government initiatives and strategies being introduced to address the future challenges in healthcare and the anticipated impact on future budgets.
At this workshop participants will hear from five CEOs of allied health professional associations share their perspectives and join you in an interactive session discussing how allied health can influence the following key areas:
  • Mental Health
  • Primary Care
  • NDIS
  • Enhanced Scope of Practice
  • Allied Health Assistant Workforce
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    Hear what some opinion leaders have to say and have your say too!

    Influencing communications, MidnightSky Communications

    Luke Hockley, Cress Bradley

    • $60 Participant Fee (1.5 hours, repeated)
    How can we influence people? Particularly when we are their colleagues and not their boss? Improving how influential you are as a communicator, both formally and informally will help lift your confidence in creating change and improvement that is direct, effective and simple.
    This session will give the participants an opportunity:
    - To identify the barriers they have to being an influential communicator
    - Practice techniques and approaches to overcoming these barriers (including looking at how to build and deliver an effective presentation)
    - Practice with colleagues how this approach may work on the ground

     

    Multidisciplinary low vision care workshop

    Jonathan Jackson, Sharon Bentley, Sharon Oberstein, Mae Chong, Iris Huang, Gay Hickey (OT), Anita Egan (Orthoptist)
    Session Chair: Genevieve Napper, Australian College of Optometry

    This workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the management of Vision Impairment, for a range of Health Care Professionals likely to be involved in the care of Vision Impaired patients. In the first section delegates will be introduced to current thinking on the relationship between measures of Visual Function (Visual Acuity, Visual Fields, Contrast Sensitivity & Colour Vision) and Functional Vision (Quality of Life). Delegates will have the opportunity to experience a range of tests and testing techniques and to undertake a range of tasks under conditions of simulated Vision Impairment. In the second half of the workshop delegates will be introduced to a varied range of optical and electronic Low Vision Aids. Once again delegates will have the opportunity to use a variety of aids and appliances. Finally delegates will be introduced to some exciting research that is being carried out on Vision and Driving.
    Please click here to download the workshop program.

    About the Facilitators

    Associate Professor Jonathan Jackson is an optometrist and clinical vision scientist currently running a large regional Hospital Optometry Dept at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Northern Ireland. He is co-chair of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Networkl (Vision) and has a visiting appointment as an Associate Professor at the Dept of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and acts as reviewer for a wide range of clinical and research journals and national and international research funding organisations. His main clinical and research interests include Vision Impairment, Corneal & Contact Lens Practice and Paediatric Optometry. Associate Professor Jackson was, for a 3 year period (2011-2014), Head of Clinical Services at the Australian College of Optometry and chaired the Vision 20:20 Australia Low Vision committee.

    Associate Professor Sharon Bentley has experience as low vision clinician, educator and researcher in Australia, Canada and the U.S. She is currently the Director of Clinic Services for the Australian College of Optometry, Associate Editor for Clinical and Experimental Optometry, holds an honorary appointment at the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Melbourne and is a past Churchill Fellow (2010). She is Convener of the Optometry Australia Low Vision Working Group and Chair of the Vision 2020 Independence and Participation Committee.

    Sharon Oberstein qualified as an optometrist in South Africa (Cum laude) and has worked in private optometric practice and university low vision clinics in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. Her particular research area concerns driving and low vision, and she is currently completing a PhD on driving with central visual loss, for which she was awarded the 2015 Menzies Research Scholarship in Allied Health Sciences. Her part time role as Senior Staff Optometrist, Low Vision at the UNSW Optometry Clinic has enabled excellent working relationships with key multidisciplinary rehabilitation organisations; invitations to lecture at optometric and multi-disciplinary conferences, and contributions to rehabilitation planning committees.

    Influencing communications, MidnightSky Communications

    Luke Hockley, Cress Bradley

    • $60 Participant Fee (1.5 hours, repeated)
    How can we influence people? Particularly when we are their colleagues and not their boss? Improving how influential you are as a communicator, both formally and informally will help lift your confidence in creating change and improvement that is direct, effective and simple.
    This session will give the participants an opportunity:
    - To identify the barriers they have to being an influential communicator
    - Practice techniques and approaches to overcoming these barriers (including looking at how to build and deliver an effective presentation)
    - Practice with colleagues how this approach may work on the ground

    Introduction to the Allied Health: Credentialling, Competency and Capability (CCC) Framework

    Jill Walsh, Annie Pearce, Sam Sevenhuysen

    • $110 Participant Fee (3 hours)
    This workshop will explore broadly the concepts of credentialling and defining scope of practice, competency and capability and give general advice on how the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Allied Health CCC framework can be used to supplement existing processes within your organisation. There will be an opportunity in this session to use some of the key resources and no prior knowledge of the framework is required.
    Please click here to view the session background.

    About the Facilitators

    Jill Walsh is the Director for Community Services, and the Allied Health Credentialling and Scope of Practice Lead at Monash Health.  Jill is a practicing podiatrist, has a Master of Laws and is the credentialling and scope of practice lead for the Allied health CCC framework. Jill has worked in Australia and Singapore, and has a strong interest in health practitioner regulation.

    Annie Pearce is the Allied Health Professional Practice Advisor at Monash Health and is the competency and implementation lead for the Allied Health CCC framework. Annie jointly received a Minister for Health’s Award for the Victorian Department of Health and Human services Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists’ clinical education framework. Annie’s background is as a Physiotherapist and qualified educator in the vocational educational and training sector with a special interest in the application of competency based training in the workplace.

    Sam Sevenhuysen is the manager of the Allied Health workforce, innovation, strategy, education and research (WISER) unit at Monash Health, an adjunct lecturer in the Health Professions Education and Educational Research (HealthPEER) Team at Monash University and is the capability lead for the Allied Health CCC framework. Sam's background is as a Physiotherapist, with a special interest in clinical education. Sam is currently completing her PhD investigating Peer Learning which is further extending her understanding of professional capabilities and performance.

    From Practice to Research : Beginners research for (busy) clinicians

    Prof Terry Haines, Prof Lynette Joubert

    • $110 Participant Fee (3 hours)
    This workshop is targeted at clinicians who have an interest in undertaking research but would like to understand some of the basic principles before venturing out. This research will highlight how research evidence should be used to guide clinical practice, and how research intended to have an impact on clinical practice should be designed and undertaken. This research will be led by experienced allied health researchers Prof Terry Haines (Monash Health/Monash University) and Prof Lynette Joubert (University of Melbourne) who will use practical examples and activities to equip participants to deal with common problems faced by clinicians who seek to undertake research in their clinical area.

    About the facilitators

    Prof Terry Haines is a physiotherapist and health economist who has published over 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts including lead / senior authored papers in The Lancet, BMJ, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. He is a two-time winner of the NHMRC Achievement Award and a renown research methodologist who has received over $18 million in research funding since completing his PhD in 2005.

    Lynette Joubert is a Professor of Social Work in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne and holds honorary research appointments at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and NorthWestern Mental Health where she is a research mentor. Her research focuses mainly on the measurement of social factors as they contribute to cardiovascular risk and patient reported outcomes in health ( in particular oncology ) and mental health. She has a particular interest in clinical data mining, i.e. a method of systematically assessing data of medical records.

    AHA: Swallowing Disorders/Dysphagia Management Workshop

    Simone Williams, Stephanie Thermos, Bec Downes

    • $40 Participant Fee (1.5 hours)
      (Get all four AHA workshop for $140)
    Monash Health Speech Pathology is pleased to host this interactive AHA workshop that provides both a theoretical and practical insight into working with a population who are experiencing swallowing difficulties. The concepts covered in this taster workshop include normal changes to swallowing, texture modification education and preparation, safe swallowing strategies education and performing dysphagia therapy. Mealtime Tolerating checks, Initial dysphagia screening and participation in Videofluroscopy are also discussed.  The Speech Pathology AHAs at Monash Health performing these duties are a highly integrated part of the Speech team.  Knowledge gained from this workshop may be used to acquire AHA Speech Pathology competencies in dysphagia management.

    About the facilitators

    Stephanie Thermos is a Speech Pathologist at Monash Health, with over 5 years’ experience.  She has worked across a number of various caseloads, including General Medicine, Stroke, Head and Neck, Paediatrics and Rehabilitation.  Stephanie has worked extensively with AHA’s in her day-to-day clinical work, and provided training and supervision to AHA’s undergoing competencies in dysphagia management. 

    Simone Williams (Nee Munro) is a Senior Clinician at Monash Health in the Speech Pathology Service and has worked across acute and subacute in general medicine, stroke and rehabilitation. Simone has her Certificate IV in workplace assessment and training and has taken a keen interest in the development of Allied Health Assistants at a clinical level over her career. Simone has been involved in the development of several key clinical competencies for advanced and extended scope of practise for both Allied Health Professionals and Allied Health Assistants. 

    Rebecca Downes is an Allied Health Assistant working for Monash Health speech pathology service and has over 10 years’ experience.  Rebecca has worked in various AHA roles during this time and was the first grade 3 AHA employed by Monash Health in 2008 and recently worked with the Victorian Department of Health as a project officer for the AHA implementation program. 

    AHA: Integrate nutrition into work practices, to optimise health outcomes

    Teresa Orsini, Jennifer Sequeira

    • $40 Participant Fee (1.5 hours)
      (Get all four AHA workshop for $140)
    As nutrition is important to optimising health and health outcomes, Monash Health is pleased to host this practical AHA workshop. This workshop will highlight the importance of nutrition in the hospital/community setting, and the implications of malnutrition on patient care and outcomes. Concepts covered include identifying the risk factors for malnutrition, barriers to nutritional intake, the role of nutritional supplements, protected meal times and meal assistance identifiers. This is an interactive workshop and knowledge gained may be used to acquire AHA Nutrition/Dietetics competencies.

    About the Facilitators

    Teresa Orsini is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian at Monash Health, with 15 years' experience. Her main area of clinical dietetics she specialises is in Diabetes/Gestational Diabetes. Her interest of late has been enhancing AHA roles within Monash Health and has developed initial competence/learning packages for AHA's whom have an interest in Nutrition. She is a mother of 2 and makes a mean rocky road.

    Jennifer Sequeira is a Nutrition Technician at Monash Health's Nutrition & Dietetic Department with almost 14 years’ experience. She has contributed to advancing the role of the AHA in Nutrition, and has achieved competency in basic patient education, nutrition risk screening and assessments, patient intake assessments and discharge planning. Research support and quality improvement activities are an integral part of her workload and she has co-authored 3 research publications.

     

    NAHC Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshops | Monday 9th November

    Marketing in Allied Health

    Amy Geach

    • $110 Participant Fee (3 hours)
    Marketing is not just about selling products, or advertising. Marketing in allied healthcare is so important as we need to know about marketing strategies that allow us to remain competitive in our industry. This workshop will guide participants through a practical marketing journey where they will learn and take home strategies to enhance themselves as allied health practitioners. This workshop is for anyone looking for relevant and easy to apply marketing knowledge and resources designed specifically for the allied health industry.
    Please click here for the session objectives and workshop progression outline.

    About the facilitators

    Amy Geach, Director Maida Learning, Riverina Hand Therapy and Riverina Kids Therapy graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2000. Since then she has worked in the field of hand therapy at RPA Hospital and Sydney Hospital. More recently, for the past 9 years, she has owned and operated a private practice providing hand therapy in regional NSW. In 2013 she also commenced a paediatric occupational therapy practice. Amy is passionate about ongoing professional development for therapists and delivering support and education for private practice owners. She has grown this passion into a new arm of her business, founding Maida Learning in 2013 to deliver clinical and business education to allied health professionals. Amy has enjoyed success in her business as an allied health professional, and has received recognition for her work promoting allied health and for her dedicated work as a therapist. This year Amy was awarded 2015 Business Leader in the Wagga Business Chamber Annual Awards.

    Culturally Responsive Leadership in Action

    Kylie Stothers, Donna Murray

    • $200 Participant Fee (4 hours)
    It is essential that health professionals are both clinically competent and culturally responsive in order to positively affect the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Indigenous Allied Health Australia, a national not for profit, member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation, is pleased to provide participants with an opportunity, in a safe environment, to engage in self-reflection and practical activities that will enhance their leadership capacity and ability to take culturally responsive action. Based largely upon Cultural Responsiveness in Action: An IAHA Framework, this 4 hour workshop is for allied health professionals, managers, policy makers, support staff and others interested in providing culturally safe and responsive care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities.
    Please click here for more information on the learning outcomes.

    About the Facilitators

    Kylie Stothers is a mother of two and is a Jawoyn woman who was born and raised in Katherine, NT. Kylie comes from a large extended family with strong ties in Katherine and surrounding communities. Kylie is a social worker and has worked throughout the Northern Territory for over 17 years. She currently works for the Centre for Remote Health at the Katherine site and her interest areas are in child and maternal health, working with families, health promotion, child protection and health workforce issues. Kylie is passionate about education and issues that relate to remote and rural Australia and coordinates a local social work network group, K-Town Social Workers, whose main aim is to keep Katherine region social workers connected and supported while practicing in remote NT.

    Donna Murray is a descendant of the Wiradjuri nation of the Murrumbigdee River and of the Wonnarua nation of the Hunter Valley (NSW) and the Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA). Donna provides strong strategic leadership across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and wider allied health sector and has extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and governance, management, education and community development. Having worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over 25 years within government and community organisations at local, state and national levels, Donna has strong relationships and networks within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and related sectors.

    Eye Care and Diabetes Workshop

    Jonathon Jackson, Genevieve Napper
    Session Chair: Leanne Nguyen, Australian College of Optometry

    This workshop will cover current epidemiology of diabetes and diabetic retinopathy; clinical findings and management for diabetic retinopathy. It is suited to optometrists and other health professionals involved in diabetes care.

    Please click here to download the workshop program.

    About the facilitators

    Associate Professor Jonathan Jackson is an optometrist and clinical vision scientist currently running a large regional Hospital Optometry Dept at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Northern Ireland. He is co-chair of the Northern Ireland Clinical Research Networkl (Vision) and has a visiting appointment as an Associate Professor at the Dept of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and acts as reviewer for a wide range of clinical and research journals and national and international research funding organisations. His main clinical and research interests include Vision Impairment, Corneal & Contact Lens Practice and Paediatric Optometry. Associate Professor Jackson was, for a 3 year period (2011-2014), Head of Clinical Services at the Australian College of Optometry and chaired the Vision 20:20 Australia Low Vision committee.

    Genevieve Napper works as Lead Optometrist Aboriginal Services at the Australian College of Optometry and has been involved in providing eye care at Aboriginal community controlled health services for over 10 years. Genevieve has a long term interest in improving eye care access for communities in need and through her work at the Australian College of Optometry participates in clinical education of optometry students, mentoring of new graduate optometrists and providing specialist services in ocular diseases and low vision. Genevieve also contributes to national and state policy and service developments through participation in the Vision 2020 Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander committee and the Optometry Australia Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Working Group and Low Vision Working Group. Genevieve is a Board Member of Optometry Victoria.

    Applying the Allied Health: Credentialling, Competency and Capability (CCC) Framework

    Jill Walsh, Annie Pearce, Sam Sevenhuysen

    • $110 Participant Fee (3 hours)
    This interactive workshop will explore the three sections of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Allied Health CCC framework, providing an opportunity for participants to apply the framework and resources to an identified need in each of the areas of credentialling and defining scope of practice, competency and capability. Participants can prepare for this session by completing the three self-assessment tools located on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Allied Health CCC framework webpage. Prior knowledge of the framework or attendance at the morning session is not required; however familiarisation with the framework would be advantageous.
    Please click here to view the session background.

    About the Facilitators

    Jill Walsh is the Director for Community Services, and the Allied Health Credentialling and Scope of Practice Lead at Monash Health.  Jill is a practicing podiatrist, has a Master of Laws and is the credentialling and scope of practice lead for the Allied health CCC framework. Jill has worked in Australia and Singapore, and has a strong interest in health practitioner regulation.

    Annie Pearce is the Allied Health Professional Practice Advisor at Monash Health and is the competency and implementation lead for the Allied Health CCC framework. Annie jointly received a Minister for Health’s Award for the Victorian Department of Health and Human services Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists’ clinical education framework. Annie’s background is as a Physiotherapist and qualified educator in the vocational educational and training sector with a special interest in the application of competency based training in the workplace.

    Sam Sevenhuysen is the manager of the Allied Health workforce, innovation, strategy, education and research (WISER) unit at Monash Health, an adjunct lecturer in the Health Professions Education and Educational Research (HealthPEER) Team at Monash University and is the capability lead for the Allied Health CCC framework. Sam's background is as a Physiotherapist, with a special interest in clinical education. Sam is currently completing her PhD investigating Peer Learning which is further extending her understanding of professional capabilities and performance.

    The future of allied health research in Australia - Leveraging our opportunities

    Dr Michael D Fischer, Trish Bradd, Professor Susan Nancarrow

    • $110 Participant Fee (3 hours)
    Important opportunities are emerging for Allied Health to strategically engage with new developments in the research space. This workshop is targeted at research leaders interested in discussing and debating opportunities for Allied Health against a back drop of investment in:
    • Improvement and Implementation Science
    • Academic Health Science and Translation Centres
    • Dedicated Allied Health Research Units in health services; and
    • Strategic capacity building partnerships between health services and the university sector.
    This workshop has been designed to share knowledge about these approaches and to stimulate a discussion about how Allied Health can play a leadership role in the Australian arm of this global movement. A desired outcome from the workshop is to stimulate fomative steps towards a strategy to guide Allied Health's contribution as part of a leadership strategy in research that supports exemplary health service delivery and outcomes.

    About the Facilitators

    Dr Michael Fischer is a business school social scientist, clinical psychotherapist and group analyst at University of Melbourne and University of Oxford. He holds a PhD from Imperial College London. His research focuses on the leadership and organisational behaviour of health care organisations, especially Academic Health Science Centres.

    Trish Bradd was Director of Allied Health for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District for 8 years before being appointed the Director Improvement and Innovation. Her present role entails building capacity and capability for improvement, innovation and person-centred approaches. Trish is currently undertaking her PhD in allied health leadership development.

    Susan Nancarrow is Professor of Health Sciences in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University. She originally trained as a podiatrist, but has been working across disciplines as a health services researcher for nearly 15 years. She has a particular interest in health workforce research and reform, service delivery and organisation. Prior to working at Southern Cross University, Susan worked in Sheffield, in the UK for 10 years, examining workforce change in the NHS. Susan is particularly committed to regional and rural health issues and capacity building. She is currently leading a large project to map the allied health workforce in Victoria. Susan lives with her family on the far north coast of New South Wales and is a keen surfer in her spare time.

    AHA: Footwear and falls workshop

    Annette Davis, Elisha Van Leewen

    • $40 Participant Fee (1.5 hours)
      (Get all four AHA workshop for $140)
    As the population continues to get older, an understanding of falls and footwear is essential to AHA practice in every health care setting.  The concepts covered in this interactive AHA  workshop include falls and footwear risk factors, the features and biomechanics of good and not-so-good footwear, footwear fitting and modification.  The workshop will also cover the AHA in toenail management as well as a padding and off-loading of lower limb pressure areas practical session.  The Podiatry AHAs at Monash Health performing these duties are a highly integrated part of the health care team.  Knowledge gained from this workshop may be used to acquire AHA Podiatry  competencies.
     

    About the Facilitators

    Annette Davis is the Allied Health Assistant Advisor at Monash Health, in Victoria.
    She is part of the Workforce Innovation Strategy Education and Research (WISER) unit in Allied Health.  She works closely with Allied Health teams to develop new and innovative assistant roles with appropriate governance, frameworks and cost-benefit analysis.  She has also worked with the Department of Health and Human Services as a program manager on the Victorian Assistant Workforce Model (VAWM), a finalist in the 2015 Ko Awatea International Excellence in Health Improvement Awards.  For fun, she is completing a PhD in biomechanics and likes to sing karaoke. 

    Elisha Van Leeuwen is a Grade 3 Allied Health Assistant at Monash Health. She works as a team leader for the Multi-disciplinary AHA team at Casey Hospital. She has 11 years’ experience and has worked across most areas of allied health within multiple health care networks.  She has worked closely with AHA students and enjoys taking on an educational role and is very passionate about working on new and exciting roles which create career pathways and alternative roles for AHA's.  Elisha has previously presented at national and state conferences and is really excited to see where the AHA profession will go in the future.

    AHA: Career pathways for AHA

    Trina Barry, Robyn McDonald, Lydia Czyczelis, Bec Downes, Elisha Van Leewen, Sean Kinnaird, Gary Hannah, Christopher West

    • $40 Participant Fee (1.5 hours)
      (Get all four AHA workshop for $140)
    Are you wondering how to get that great AHA job in a specialty area?  What those AHAs do?  How that AHA got there?  This is your chance to hear some inspiring leaders in the AHA workforce speak about their personal journey and how they got that new and innovative AHA role.  They will also talk about their roles, challenges and opportunities.  There will be a panel following the presentations for participants to ask questions and seek advice about these AHA roles.

    About the Facilitators

    Trina Barry is an Allied Health Assistant working for Child & Family Team at Monash Health Community.  She works in a Paediatric team consisting of Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Dietetics, Counselling, Physiotherapists and an Exercise physiologist.  This team works from the Henry Road Family and Children’s Centre located in Pakenham. It is an extremely diverse team working in a fast growing community area with many young families, providing individual and group therapy with families with a focus on play.

    Robyn McDonald is a Grade 3 Interdisciplinary Allied Health Assistant at Monash Health with almost 10 years of experience. She has worked in Sub-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation, on the General Medical wards in Acute, and, most recently, in an innovative new role in Mental Health on the Acute Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Robyn has worked across five Allied Health disciplines, primarily in Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, but also Dietetics, Speech Pathology, and Social Work.

    Lydia Czyczelis has worked at Caulfield Hospital for 9 years. She commenced work in the Social Work  Dept. in October 2009 as the Administration Officer  and in the last 4 years  has moved into the Social Work AHA role. Lydia has worked across all areas of the sub-acute hospital which consists of Rehabilitation/ Aged Care and the Acquired Brain Injury Service.   Lydia engages with the Interdisciplinary Teams to provide AHA support to patients in all units. She also coordinates and manages regular VCAT Hearings within the Hospital.

    Rebecca Downes is an Allied Health Assistant working for Monash Health speech pathology service and has over 10 years’ experience.  Rebecca has worked in various AHA roles during this time and was the first grade 3 AHA employed by Monash Health in 2008 and recently worked with the Victorian Department of Health as a project officer for the AHA implementation program. 

    Elisha Van Leeuwen is a Grade 3 Allied Health Assistant at Monash Health. She works as a team leader for the Multi-disciplinary AHA team at Casey Hospital. She has 11 years’ experience and has worked across most areas of allied health within multiple health care networks.  She has worked closely with AHA students and enjoys taking on an educational role and is very passionate about working on new and exciting roles which create career pathways and alternative roles for AHA's.  Elisha has previously presented at national and state conferences and is really excited to see where the AHA profession will go in the future.

    Sean Kinnaird is a Grade 3 Allied Health Assistant (AHA) and an AHA team leader in the Physiotherapy (PT) department at Monash Health, with over seven years’ experience.
    His caseload in rehabilitation includes Geriatric Evaluation and Medicine; Neurological (specialty: Stroke); Movement Disorders (specialty: Parkinson’s disease), and; Orthopaedic, general aged rehabilitation and hydrotherapy
    He is also administering the control group in a research trial involving adults with Cerebral Palsy.

    Gary Hannah is a Grade 3  Allied Health Assistant at Monash Health with 16 years of experience in both Scotland and Australia. He has worked within Physiotherapy in Orthopaedics,  Neuro medicine, Hydrotherapy, Cardio thoracic,  Gen Med and Mental Health. Gary is currently working in a newly developed role in Orthopaedics independently treating patients Day 1 post joint replacement and has  developed the Allied Health Assistant Hydrotherapy service within Monash Health. He is also involved in developing the grade 3 Allied Health Assistant role within Neuro medicine.   

    Christopher West’s background commenced with Cert 111 in aged care, transferring to Medical Imaging administration/Imaging Allied Health Assistant. In 2014 Chris participated and completed the Allied Health Assistant (medical imaging) project run by the Department of Health. This project gave further justification to the allied health assistant role in an imaging environment.   Chris has become part of the growing allied health assistant team for Barwon Medical Imaging a division of University Hospital Geelong.