Graduate work-readiness for private practice: A collective responsibility?

Cherie Wells, Andrea Bialocerkowski, Sara Carroll, Lucy Chipchase, Fiona Kent, Rebecca Olson, Alan Reubenson, Jennie Scarvell

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In recent years, the majority of new graduate physiotherapists have transitioned directly into private practice work. Feedback from graduates and employers suggests that new graduate physiotherapists are not sufficiently prepared to take on private practice roles. This may mean clients receive inferior or
unsafe treatments, employers become dissatisfied and lose business, and graduates burnout and leave the profession. A collaboration of 8 researchers across 6 universities and funding from the Physiotherapy Research Foundation has resulted in national research into the work-readiness of new
graduate physiotherapists in private practice. Perspectives of academics, employers, and graduates have been explored through 3 surveys and 12 focus groups.

Aim/ objectives:
The aims are to discuss: (1) Definitions of work-readiness; (2) Challenges and opportunities in ensuring new graduate work-readiness; (3) Different stakeholder roles in new graduate work readiness. Presentations will provide examples of work-readiness issues by drawing from research into the work-readiness of new graduate physiotherapists. This symposium will assist educators in understanding work-readiness and implementing strategies to improve new graduate work-readiness.

List of Presentations:
Dr Cherie Wells – What is graduate readiness and why is it important?
Dr Fiona Kent– What are the challenges and opportunities in ensuring graduates are work-ready?
Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski – Whose job is it to ensure graduates are work-ready?

Discussion: Issues/questions for exploration or ideas for discussion:
What does graduate work-readiness mean in your profession?
What are the challenges and opportunities for your profession in ensuring graduates are work-ready?
What is the role of different stakeholders in ensuring graduates are work-ready?
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventANZAHPE 2017 Conference : ANZAHPE 2017 - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 11 Jul 201714 Jul 2017 (Conference website)


ConferenceANZAHPE 2017 Conference
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OtherThe Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) is the peak organisation for practitioners involved in the education and training of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand. ANZAHPE (pronounced affectionately as "anza-pee") is comprised of clinicians, academic educators and students, and supports and advances education in the health care professions. ANZAHPE's core objectives are to :promote, support and advance education in the health professionsfacilitate communication between educators in the health professionspromote undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education and trainingrecognise, facilitate and disseminate high quality educational research in health professional educationbe the focal point for health professions education in western Pacific region. Previously known as ANZAME (Australian & New Zealand Association of Medical Education), ANZAHPE is now a truly multidisciplinary organisation, encompassing undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education and training. The Association facilitates communication between educators in the health care professions by providing a network and database of expertise, and collaboration and dissemination through its Journal and Bulletin. ANZAHPE promotes educational research and good practice through seeding grants, awards and conference presentations and through its peer-reviewed journal, Focus on Health Professional Education. The Annual Conference offers a forum for sharing of research, experiences and ideas towards the improvement of health professional education. Our network of education researchers contribute to the international evidence base for health professional education. ANZAHPE is managed by an elected Committee of Management.
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