All Allied Health therapy assistants (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, audiology and dietetic assistants) are given the opportunity to complete the NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing. This is a nationally recognised qualification by Careerforce. The certificate includes core units such as professional and ethical behaviour and allied health specific units such as the use of therapeutic programmes and the use of therapeutic equipment.
For allied health staff
For allied health staff
A wide range of education, training and learning opportunities are offered for allied health staff at Waikato DHB. In addition each Allied Health profession has access to specific professional education and professional development relevant to their profession. Many of the generic Allied Health education initiatives are coordinated through RARE, the centre for Allied Health research and education.
All new graduates within Allied Health are invited to complete this 12 month New Graduate Development Programme within their first year at Waikato DHB.
This is a structured programme for 12 months aimed at learning and developing core organisational knowledge and expectations for new graduate allied health professionals within their first year of practice. This encourages multidisciplinary engagement and awareness of roles between allied health professionals from the beginning of a new graduate’s career. Upon successful completion a badge and certificate are presented at a graduation ceremony.
This programme also gives opportunity for experienced professionals to engage in presentations and structured discussions with the new graduates.
A twice yearly forum of presentations by allied health professionals to the wider Allied Health team. Professionals are encouraged to present about quality initiatives happening in their service area. This is used to showcase and celebrate the quality work occurring within Allied Health.
Training is available for staff members who are new to professional supervision. An online component is completed before the face to face session to give a background of supervision. The face to face training is run by experienced staff members and builds on the learning completed in the online course.
Allied Health link with Wintec to provide a 2 day workshop about professional supervision for staff members that are new to providing supervision. A catch-up session is also completed later in the year after staff members have had the opportunity to try out their supervision skills. Allied Health staff are encouraged to provide inter-professional supervision where appropriate.
All Allied Health therapy assistants (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, audiology and dietetic assistants) are encouraged to attend study days. There are two study days a year aimed at building relationships between therapy assistants, sharing knowledge and celebrating the good work that the assistants complete.
A group of experienced staff have developed a programme of Manual Handling training sessions. These sessions incorporate different levels of training depending on the need of the staff member - from basic Level 1 training including LITE principles to more comprehensive Level 3 training including complex manual handling equipment.
Waikato DHB is working in partnership with Upright to provide falls minimisation training and risk assessment using the internationally validated tool Hendrich II falls risk model. All Allied Health staff complete online Upright falls training.
Experienced staff members are encouraged to attend Merit/CASP training. This training focusses on how to write objectives and reassures staff members of the CASP/Merit process as detailed in the MECA. A separate session is delivered for allied health therapy assistants.
Allied Health have linked with the nursing staff to join the Academic Writing Workshops. These workshops are aimed at staff members who are taking part in post graduate study. The session looks at how to break down questions and the library session looks at referencing and literature searches. All Allied Health staff members completing postgraduate study are encouraged to attend.
Allied Health Staff members are encouraged to use a number of free paper opportunities.
- Currently free 15 point papers are offered for Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy at AUT.
- Currently free 30 point papers are offered for any Allied Health staff members at Wintec.
There is an application process; demonstration of supervision of students and a career and development plan is required.