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Allied Health Link Round Up Blog – January 2021

We here at ALLIED HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES have collated a bunch of wonderful links, research, PD resources and events this month just for you…


Our first Link Round Up Blog (LRUB) for 2021 features MENTAL HEALTH. This topic is relevant to ALL health professionals, ALL parents, ALL employers, ALL employees … Read on, save for later, and share on social media! 


This is such a HUGE topic, hence our BLOG is jam-packed this month!


Taking care of our Mental Health and Well-being is crucial given the current world circumstances.  If we are mentally healthy, we as health professionals are more capable of caring for our clients.


Mental Health Facts

Beyond Blue LogoAccording to Beyond Blue Support Services, 3 Million Australians are living with anxiety or depression.

Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. You can get involved by making a donation, volunteering, fundraising, or joining their online community.


We are proud to announce that the Australian Allied Health Awards have again chosen to support the amazing work of Beyond Blue. $5 from every ticket sold is going directly to supporting Beyond Blue, in addition to donations and a raffle at the awards gala on 25th September 2021 in Sydney.

Further reading:



 Dr. Tim Sharp photo

Credit to Dr. Happy Website

An internationally renowned LEADER in the field of Positive Psychology Dr. Tim Sharp (aka Dr. Happy) is a sought after speaker, facilitator, consultant, coach, writer, podcast host, spokesperson and brand ambassador.

His latest blogs touch on peak mindset and performance, overcoming pressure and the truth about ‘happiness.’

Find out more by  visiting Dr. Happy’s website!



Do you work with a PSYCHOLOGIST who goes above and beyond for their patients? Nominate them for the ‘2020-2021 Psychologist of the Year‘ award at the upcoming Australian Allied Health Awards gala!!  Nominations close on the 28th of February!




Managing your Mental Health during the pandemic

Whether you’re social distancing or self-isolating, you may be experiencing a mental health problem, which is completely understandable.  For immediate support, call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636. For tips on how to manage your mental health and well being during the pandemic, we implore you to read any of the blogs below:


Read our GUEST BLOG: 10 Top Tips – Mental Health and Allied Health practice by JULIE CARLILE, an Occupational Therapist.



There are many resources out there but here are some good ones to start with…


FREE e-Mental Health Resources

The eMHPrac service has developed a range of free mental health educational resources to assist health practitioners to learn about, navigate and use evidence-based digital mental health programs and tools with their clients and                                                                                          patients. These include guides, brochures, factsheets,                                                                                              webinars, and videos..


While I’m Away app

The ‘while I’m away’ App was designed for parents and caregivers. It allows parents to continue to support their child’s mental health and well-being, even if they are separated for an extended period of time. For example, if a parent needs to go into hospital or travel for work.


Books that all Mental Health Occupational Therapists (OTs) MUST read

  1. Diverse roles for Occupational Therapists

  2. Recovery Through Activity

  3. Kielhofner’s Model of Human Occupation

  4. Client-Centred Practice in Occupational Therapy: A Guide to Implementation

  5. Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy

Read the article to find out which ‘seminal textbook’ took out the no. 1 position



Mindful Dietitian LogoThe Mindful Dietitian offers a wide variety of awesome resources to get you started, keep you going, or bring you up to date.


Smash Diet Culture Resources

Weight Inclusive Medical Nutrition Therapy



Check out our FREE webinars and presentations for health professionals … covering clinical, non-clinical and business-related topics.


Private practice & Business


Jo Muirhead head shot

JO MUIRHEAD, Director and principal consultant of Purple Co.

Jo is a business coach, and Author of “The Entrepreneurial Clinician”. She is passionate about helping Allied Health Professionals build successful, sustainable and profitable practices.

Jo is also one of our content contributors – check out her latest GUEST BLOGS:


Australian Allied Health Awards


Someone always stands out from the rest – nominate yourself or nominate an outstanding OT today!

The Australian Allied Health Awards is proudly supported by Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA).

Nominations closing 28th February! Don’t miss out!



Professional Development


Mental Health Academy Logo

Mental Health Academy

Join the world’s leading CE community for mental health professionals.

300+ courses. Global experts. Access 24/7.


The Australian Center for Eating Disorders is the leading independent provider of professional development for health professionals in Australia & New Zealand.

Check out their training and courses!


Research & Literature

Keep up to date with the latest research

COVID-19, anorexia nervosa and obese patients with an eating disorder – some considerations for practitioners and researchers Journal of Eating Disorders volume 9, Article number: 15 (2021)

Mental Health Disorders in Children With Congenital Heart Disease – American Academy of Pediatrics,

Helping athletes affected by sexual violence: my challenge to the sports and exercise medicine community



ASA poster

Sonographers Quick Guide To Stretching in the Work Place/ Arms & Shoulders

Let’s begin 2021 with a new outlook on self-care. Keep healthy and stretch with ASA new 2021 poster!  You can download or print a copy!


Self-care Assessment (Worksheet)

This worksheet is designed to help your clients reflect on their current self-care practices, recognise areas where they could improve, and generate ideas for new self-care activities they would enjoy. This resource is provided by Therapist Aid.





Scroll down to find ALLIED HEALTH EVENTS coming up!


This 24-hour worldwide online conference will be held February 6, 2021, beginning at midnight GMT!

Celebrating 30 years “Balancing the System” for this year’s theme – this conference will explore how communities can come together and make a balanced system a reality.

This conference will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase, learn about and discuss issues relevant to the Ed & Dev field.  The conference theme is Working together for the future. 

The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference is designed to provide practical, relevant information and strategies for professionals to apply directly to their work supporting the mental health of children and adolescents from 3-19 years of age.

Research to practice is going VIRTUAL! Don’t miss out on discounted registration fees – grab your early bird rate NOW!

Held online over two days, this event features 8+ conference tracks that allow attendees to take in the big-picture in the Plenary Hall, or deep-dive into key topics of interest in concurrent conference tracks.

The International Mental Health Conference is designed for professionals, workers and volunteers to learn best practice, grow meaningful connections and implement real solutions to mental health care.





The Great Ocean Road Running Festival will be held in Lorne & Apollo Bay on the weekend of 15-16 May, 2021. The aim of the campaign is to show people who suffer from mental illness that they are not alone. Let’s support Team Black Dog by registering for the event.

Great Ocean Road Running Banner


The International Association for Suicide Prevention is inviting everyone to join the 31st World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention which will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, from the 21st – 24th September 2021.

31st World Congress Banner

Graphic credit to IASP




Useful Links

Mental Health Australia

Mental Health UK

Canadian Mental Health Association

Mental Health America





Check out these great links, services and resources and let us know how we can help you!

Until next time, let’s support each other!



Sarena Jones

Director @ Allied Health Support Services

Founder @Australian Allied Health Awards


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