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Allied Health Link Round Up Blog – April 2021

We here at ALLIED HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES are looking to save you time wherever we can… SO here is our monthly LINK ROUND UP BLOG for your perusing pleasure!

Anything you want to be featured or chased up?  Let us know!  We produce this awesome round-up blog at the end of every month…

Special shout out to our colleagues working in AGED CARE this month… 

Maintaining health and wellbeing as people get older is important and can dramatically impact on a person’s ability to remain independent and to experience a meaningful life.

Allied health professionals are an essential part of the team that enables older people to function well physically, socially and emotionally!

Enjoy our featured content this month!


Dr. Julie Bajic Smith, is a registered psychologist who has been working with the elderly for the last decade in community and residential settings.

Julie trains mental health professionals, and the aged care workforce, in how to incorporate aged care into private practice and how to recognise and respond to emotional changes in clients by incorporating psycho-education.

Julie has extensively researched wellbeing in the home care workforce and strategies to improve resilience. Julie’s post-doc examined supported decision-making in dementia and she is currently undertaking further research in this field.

Dr. Julie Bajic Smith was Nominated for the Allied Health Impact Achievement Award at the 2019 Australian Allied Health Awards for her work in supporting residents as well as teaching staff and families how to boost wellbeing for the elderly.

Private Practice & Business

Private Practice Success Founder, Gerda Muller, is Australia’s leading Allied Health Business Coach & Mentor.

After building multiple 7-figure private practices, she now trains, mentors, and coaches group practice owners to build their very own 7-figure private practices. Read her latest blog – HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR PRACTICE IS SUCCESSFUL? 

Gerda Muller won Allied Health Adult Practice of the Year at the 2018 Australian Allied Health Awards. She is also one of the 2020-2021 Australian Allied Health Award panel members.

7 Tips For Managing Your Team Remotely – practice management tips by POWER DIARY

Power Diary is a complete practice management system, designed specifically for health clinics.

Peruse our business-related GUEST BLOGS:


25 OT Frames of Reference: A Quick Overview for Students and Practitioners by My OT SPOT

The occupational therapy discipline is built on several foundational frames of reference which are fascinating, but occasionally challenging, to digest. My OT SPOT has decided to assist OT students and practitioners by providing summarized highlights of 25 OT frames of reference in one location. Read the full article.

As people age their speech, language, memory, voice and swallowing changes naturally. Review this Fact Sheet – Speech Pathologists Working with Older People – for more information! (source

Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries among older adults. Notably, one out of ten falls cause a serious injury (e.g., hip fracture or head injury), which requires hospitalization.

We encourage you to review the Falls Prevention in SA website to better understand the current state and national plans/guidelines related to falls (and thus injury) prevention and safety promotion planning. You can also find on this website the educational resources section that provides information on current falls prevention courses that are available as well as publications that have been released such as books, training manuals etc.



The Safe Exercise at Home website has been developed by physiotherapists from around Australia with clinical and academic expertise in exercise and other forms of physical activity for older people and people with mobility limitations.

The Safe Exercise at Home website is now available as a PDF booklet! Download now! 

Continence Resources for Aged Care

The Continence Resources for Aged Care have been designed for healthcare professionals and personal care workers who care for older Australians in residential aged care facilities and/or the community. The resources comprise a number of forms that help guide the delivery of best practice continence care, as well as a user guide to help you use these

Dementia Training Australia

This fantastic site was developed by Alzheimer’s Australia and several Australian universities to bring aged care workers and health professionals specialised educators and resources in the area of dementia.  It is packed with free online and face to face training, recorded webinars and lectures, resources and articles. This is one to bookmark!

Online Booking Software for Allied Health Professionals

MyHealth1st supports more Allied Health professionals than any other online booking and healthcare support platform in Australia. It allows health professionals and clients alike to instantly book healthcare appointments online for free with health professionals such as doctors, optometrists, physiotherapists and more in your area – anywhere, anytime.

OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions.

palliAGED is the palliative care evidence and practice information resource for the Australian aged care sector.

Providing support for health and care practitioners as well as resource developers, the website also provides trustworthy information for older Australians, their families and friends.

The Australian Journal of Dementia Care is grounded firmly in practice and provides relevant, high-quality and well-researched articles with solutions for dementia care settings, written by practitioners, researchers and other experts in the field of dementia care from Australia and around the world.


5 Easy Steps to Embrace Insecurities and Trust Yourself

We all have insecurities that have latched on to our souls since we were young. When triggered, these insecurities may generate highly emotional responses and can cause us to behave irrationally. At first glance, these insecurities may look like our arch-nemesis.

A self-care blog written by Dr. Irina Bengtson, clinical psychologist and founder of Love Grow Be Happy

10 Minute Easy and Effective Chair Exercises for Seniors –

Safe exercises for seniors who are frail or have limited mobility.  view here.


Australian Allied Health Awards – an event not to be missed!

Grab your EARLY BIRD pricing now!

ACSA 33rd National Summit – A New Age for Aged Care

Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) will be hosting their National Summit mid this year, focusing on how aged care will change following COVID-19.

National Dementia & Aged Care Reform Conference
Addressing the Critical Issues in Dementia Research, Treatment & Care
7th – 9th September 2021 | Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Early Bird Pricing ENDS: 30th July 2021

2021 International Mental Health Conference
A leading Event for Mental Health Professionals
26th – 28th July 2021 | RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast
Early Bird Pricing ENDS: Friday 18th June

ATSA Independent Living Expo MelbourneMELBOURNE, 18th – 19th MAY 2021

ATSA Independent Living Expo Perth PERTH, 26th – 27th MAY 2021

Melbourne Aged Care ConferenceMELBOURNE, 11th – 12th NOVEMBER, 2021

Brisbane Aged Care ConferenceBRISBANE, 25th – 26th NOVEMBER, 2021

Sydney Aged Care ConferenceSYDNEY, 2nd – 3rd DECEMBER, 2021


Sarena Jones

Director @ Allied Health Support Services
Founder @ Australian Allied Health Awards