Supporting allied health practitioners to undertake professional development through the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Support Scheme. How does it influence retention in rural areas?

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Abstract

Introduction
Retention of allied health professionals in rural areas remains problematic. Adequately supporting rural allied health professionals to access and undertake professional development may contribute to increased retention in these areas. This study explored the effectiveness of the Commonwealth-funded Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS) in supporting allied health professionals to undertake professional development.
Methods
A qualitative approach using thematic analysis was utilised to explore the perspectives of allied health professions who successful obtained NAHSSS funding to undertake either continuing professional development or postgraduate studies. Nine semi-structured interviews were undertaken. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and individually analysed to identify key themes.
Results
Three major themes emerged: Expanding my professional knowledge; supporting those around me; and impacting on my community. The ability to access professional development funding enabled allied health professionals to become more highly skilled in areas of allied health practice such as primary health care, aged care, mental health and indigenous health. This directly resulted in expanding their professional expertise to enable them to better meet the needs of their rural communities. It also provided opportunities to mentor and support work colleagues which contributed to their overall work satisfaction.
Discussion
Participants perceived that the professional development support via the NAHSSS program had a significant impact and actively contributed to allied health professionals remaining in rural areas for a longer period.
Conclusion
It is clear, ongoing funding opportunities are needed for rural allied health professionals to access quality professional development to support retention within these areas.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Jul 2022
EventSARRAH 2022 National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference - Online
Duration: 15 Nov 202216 Nov 2022
https://sarrah.org.au/cpd/sarrah-conferences/upcoming-conference

Conference

ConferenceSARRAH 2022 National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference
Period15/11/2216/11/22
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