Allied health collaborative practice: knowing what it is in order to get there

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Allied health professionals have a fundamental role in collaborative practice in healthcare settings. This combined with the diverse range of Allied Health professionals, highlights an inherent complexity of collaborative practice in relation to this group. This research aims to unbundle this complexity to inform pre-registration student education and preparation for collaborative practice.

This research was situated in a qualitative paradigm and used a Gadamerian philosophical hermeneutic approach to open-up possibilities of new knowledge development. Two studies approached the topic through different but inter-related angles. The first study accessed established and accepted concepts as published in literature. The second explored allied health students’ and academics’ perspectives and experiences.

This research highlighted some of the nuances of allied health collaborative practice, in particular contextual, relational and individual shapers of allied health collaborative practice. This research illuminated in-situ standards and physical environments as contextual shapers of allied health collaborative practice. Social shapers are interpersonal transactions and reciprocal exchanges. Individual contributions and deliberate engagements comprise individual shapers of allied health collaborative practice. These six shapers of allied health collaborative practice were found to act in a dynamic and unequal way, exerting more or less influence at different times and places. This interplay was in response to the various requirements and opportunities that arose across diverse healthcare settings, healthcare personnel, and patient/client situations. This response underpinned the fluidity of allied health collaborative practice and the many and varied ways it can be enacted.

Understanding the key shapers of allied health collaborative practice provides allied health educators with the opportunity to develop educational frameworks and subsequent opportunities for learning that integrate these shapers and demand students to respond to these shapers. This research illuminated how utilising the shapers of allied health collaborative practice may be a way to prepare students for practice settings. This oral presentation also explores how collaborative practice resonates with key concepts described by practice theorists.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventAustralian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Conference 2023: ANZAHPE 2023 - Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Australia
Duration: 26 Jun 202329 Jun 2023 (Abstract book) (Conference website)


ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Conference 2023
Abbreviated titleTurning Tides, Navigating the Opportunities
CityGold Coast
OtherWe invite you to attend ANZAHPE 2023!

It is with great excitement that we can announce that “we are back” to a face-to-face conference again.

So, start working up your abstracts and block out your calendars from 26th to 29th June, 2023 in preparation for an extravaganza of collegiality, networking opportunities and all things ‘Health Professional Education’.

Join us at the Gold Coast for ANZAHPE 2023

After the successes of the 2021 and 2022 virtual festivals we are pleased to welcome you back in-person for ANZAHPE 2023. Join us on the beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia as we celebrate the achievements of the first 50 years of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE). Recent times have seen health professional educators adapt, innovate and continue to deliver while navigating through adversity. Now, as the tides turn, we look forward to the opportunities on the horizon and the next 50 years.

Festival Theme – Turning Tides, Navigating the Opportunities

We will begin on June 26th with the Conference welcome, Networking Sessions and Workshops. June 27th – 29th will be the full ANZAHPE conference experience of amazing Plenary Presentations, eye-opening Oral Presentations, thought-provoking Symposia, cutting-edge Posters and the true Jewel in the Crown of ANZAHPE – the PeArLS (Personally Arranged Learning Session).

ANZAHPE conferences have always been a beacon of academic stimulation and social engagement for health professional educators in Australia, New Zealand and increasingly the Asia-Pacific region. As our Association has grown, so too has our footprint and in 2023 we will welcome attendees from across the globe. We will soon be announcing our invited speakers. Each is a leader in their field, and will share their thoughts on the latest advances and the exciting future horizons of HPE. We invite you to come along, join our community, learn, and share latest research and thought provoking ideas.

Feedback from previous ANZAHPE Conferences shows attendees value the networking and social opportunities provided by ANZAHPE events. Our Local Organising Committee is well underway with their plans to ensure you have the best opportunities to re-establish and grow your networks while enjoying the beach and surrounds in sunny Queensland.

Dust off your dancing shoes for the ANZAHPE Dinner – a great opportunity to celebrate our 50th anniversary milestone.

We encourage you to take the opportunity to come and join us for ANZAHPE 2023.

To submit your abstracts and inform us of your great work. To Network and Learn. To Share and Celebrate. To Challenge and Grow.

We look forward to warmly welcoming you as we bring the ANZAHPE community together in-person again.
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