Clinical education in our post Covid world: A key to innovative workforce development

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Whilst internationally the growth of ageing populations has stimulated governments to invest in innovative workforce development, there is clear evidence that over the last decade Australia has lagged behind.  However, with a new government now in place there is a sense of hope for the implementation of badly needed workforce initiatives and support across the sector for contemporary models of leadership and education.  For medical, nursing and other interdisciplinary health professionals working with older people, clinical models of interprofessional education are at the core of delivering multidisciplinary, best practice care, particularly for those with chronic health conditions.  The ultimate goal of clinical education is to enhance the knowledge and skills of both health professional staff and students and to equip them with leadership skills. In this way clinical education differs from clinical training.

 

There are universal principles associated with clinical education such as those of adult learning, practice of technical and non-technical skills and understanding of the practice context. Since the Covid pandemic, the need for innovative approaches to educating the aged care workforce, particularly clinical experiences with older people, are urgently required.  E-health tools such as telehealth, remote monitoring and other digital tools are now a reality due to significant increases in network structure and digital literacy.  In situations such as patients preparing for discharge from hospital, for example, Electronic Health Records offer improved options for follow-up and post-discharge management.  For older people living at home, e-health tools such as my health records, secure messaging, telehealth and electronic prescriptions can change their lives by providing a single point for a person to manage their health condition and the care they are receiving.

 

The new government is committed to improving the standard of care for older Australians.  This represents a timely opportunity to acknowledge the skills and knowledge required to set the sector up for the future. Developing clinical education strategies focused on ageing well is one key to empowering and engaging interdisciplinary health professionals, stimulating their interest in the sector, with positive workforce outcomes. In established workplace contexts such as residential, community and primary health care, clinical education frameworks are fast developing to include new technology for students and staff across disciplines.  Now is the time to maintain this momentum so that benefits flow to both the workforce and our ageing population.

 

 

 

 

Associate Professor Marguerite Bramble

President of AAG/Chair of AAG Board

300-400 words

Period07 Jun 2022

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  • TitleClinical education in our post Covid world: A key to innovative workforce development
    Media name/outletAustralian Ageing Agenda
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Date07/06/22
    PersonsMarguerite Bramble