Delegating to Allied Health Assistants – how can education of our health professionals impact outcomes in delegation models of care

Mrs Melody Shepherd1

1Allied Health Education Team, Cunningham Centre Queensland Health, Toowoomba, Australia

Abstract:

Melody is an Allied Health Team Leader with the Allied Health Education Team at the Cunningham Centre, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. She has worked as an occupational therapist in regional and rural areas in Queensland, interstate and overseas since 2000.

In recent years Melody has focused on the training and development of the allied health workforce across Queensland through development of training products and workforce redesign projects. Melody has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is a Calderdale Framework facilitator. She is an active member of the Occupational Therapy profession as a member of the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia’s Competency Standards Reference Group and Occupational Therapy Australia’s National Professional Practice and Standards Committee.

One of Melody’s key projects has been the development of the first nationally accredited delegation training package available to allied health professionals. The accrediting authority for this training, Delegation in healthcare is the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).


Biography:

Melody is an Allied Health Team Leader with the Allied Health Education Team at the Cunningham Centre, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. She has worked as an occupational therapist in regional and rural areas in Queensland, interstate and overseas since 2000.

In recent years Melody has focused on the training and development of the allied health workforce across Queensland through development of training products and workforce redesign projects. Melody has a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and is a Calderdale Framework facilitator. She is an active member of the Occupational Therapy profession as a member of the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia’s Competency Standards Reference Group and Occupational Therapy Australia’s National Professional Practice and Standards Committee.

One of Melody’s key projects has been the development of the first nationally accredited delegation training package available to allied health professionals. The accrediting authority for this training, Delegation in healthcare is the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).