Allied Health Link Round Up Blog **November & December 2019**

This is our last Allied Health Link Round Up Blog for 2019- SO MANY EXCITING THINGS planned for 2020. Keep a look out!!!

Anyway here are some awesome links, resources and events, you as an awesome allied health professional, might want to check out before your Christmas break! Read on, comment & share!


Did you know?

Australia’s 195,000 allied health professionals represent more than a quarter of the health workforce and deliver an estimated 200 million health services annually.

The allied health workforce is growing rapidly as demand grows across the aged care, mental health, disability and health sectors. Allied health professionals provide a broad range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct health services to improve the health and wellbeing of the consumers they support. Learn more About Allied Health Professions and the key areas of practice. Visit  Allied Health Professions Australia website.

Disability and Mental Health Resources for Paediatrics

Try a Great Daily Routine for Kids: 5 Easy-Peasy ADHD Routines to Try by Marga Grey

5 Easy-Peasy ADHD Routines to Try- Marga Grey


Research suggests that a great daily routine for kids can really help children with ADHD.  In summary, surveys show that certain types of daily routines ease the symptoms of “acting out” and arguing.  From this research, it is suggested that families put in place some routines.  Such routines could be “household” routines, “homework” routines, and a routine for “discipline”.  How to Add Routine to My Child’s Life?  Read more about the  5 Easy-Peasy ADHD Routines to Try

Coordikids Online Programs –  encourage typical development in all children. 


Check out also these interesting Guest Blogs on Paediatrics..


Sourcekids Disability Expo 2020 LogoSource Kids has been developed to deliver important information to those caring for and working with children and young adults with disabilities. The 2019 Sourcekids disability expo was a huge success with thousands of families and carers, now they’re thrilled to announce that they have dates locked for their return in 2020 so mark your calendars!


Resources and Therapy Toys for Children of all Abilities The Therapy Store Banner

More paediatrics resources available in our FREE DIRECTORY! – click here



National Disability Services

Register now!!


Allied Health & Aged Care

Allied health professionals are an essential part of the team that enables older people to function well physically, socially and emotionally and support them to live independently in the community- AHPA


Wise Care the Voice of Aged Care Podcast

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Episode 15: Taking Care of You 

In this episode, Julie makes the case for taking care of you as a person who supports older adults in Aged Care. The best outcomes for you, for older people, for families and for management are when we all work together. However, that ultimately comes down to you taking care of yourself and recognising what you may need to do more, or less, of in order to be well. Tune in now!!

FOUR PRACTICAL STRATEGIES – Motivate Elderly Clients Who Have Lost Their Confidence- Guest blog by Dr Julie Bajic Smith


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Aidacare is one of the leading providers of ward based equipment and rehabilitation products to Aged Care facilities, Hospitals, Physio and Occupational Therapists and private retail clients in Australia.


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Dementia Essentials

Dementia Essentials is a free, 3-day nationally-accredited dementia education course. Delivered in person, it’s suitable for those working in aged care, health care and community services. View Dates and Register..



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The Guidelines for a Palliative Approach to Aged Care in the Community (COMPAC)

This Palliative Care educational resource is designed to support you to apply the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach to Aged Care in the Community to your practice


Musculoskeletal Health

What is Hand Therapy??

Active Hand Therapy

Active Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy is the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb – shoulder to hand. It involves evaluating and testing to assess the injured upper limb to which a specific treatment program can be designed. A variety of treatment techniques can be utilised to achieve these goals (AHTA). – Guest blog by David Coles, Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association, from Active Hand and Upper Limb Therapy


Get the Arthritis Essentials- Learn about the Musculoskeletal system… Hop on the Arthritis & Osteoporosis Tasmania website- click here




Clinical Guidelines

A new patient guide to managing pain and opioid medicines recently released by Choosing Wisely Australia.

As part of a new NPS MedicineWise educational program, Opioids, chronic pain and the bigger picture, and the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative, new resource for people who are prescribed opioids for non-cancer pain in hospital has been developed as part of the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative. Learn more about managing pain and opioids medicines resource guide.

Have you checked out our FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION DATABASE? All the business cards and links in one place for you to peruse… Just like these! Click here


UK’s NICE MS Guidelines Oct-Nov

Be updated with the new clinical management guidelines for MS recently published by UK’s NICE.  Have a look!!


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Allied Health Practitioners, Mental Health and Primary Health Care Nurses
Resources and Training

The eMHPrac Project is an Australian Government initiative to promote the use of e-mental health resources among primary health care service providers across Australia.


Supervision & Support

Time to Reflect and Celebrate

Group photo of Sydney staff and students

Group photo of Sydney staff and students- Credit to OTA

One journey is near its destination and another is set to begin for hundreds of undergraduates who celebrated their achievements at ACU’s 2019 School of Allied Health Final Year Student Conference. Over 200 soon-to-be occupational therapy graduates gathered across Australian Catholic University’s Brisbane, Melbourne and North Sydney campuses to present their final assessments and acknowledge the contributions their peers have already made and will continue to make as graduates. Read the full article- visit OTA website...

Need a MENTOR or supervisor? Registration for our online NEW GRAD Supervision & Support package is now available! Send me an email at [email protected] for more information.



Private Practice & Business

Top 5 reasons to send an electronic Christmas greeting to your referrers and client. 

  • Keeps you front of mind above other service providers
  • Creates a positive memory of the service you provided this year
  • Good value for money – could be 1/8th the cost of posting a card
  • Maintains relationships and subsequent referrals, into the new year
  • Opportunity to advertise your Christmas period opening hours

If you need assistance with getting this organised before Christmas – Get in touch with Crunch Practice Solutions


Allied Health Business Owners– Keen on tips on how to plan your blog posts – effortlessly?? Allied Health Marketing shared five important pointers for allied health that will help you to create a proper plan. Content planning for a (growing) blog: 5 easy tips for allied health. 


Looking for ONLINE RESOURCES to support your private practice? Check out our Database of specialist services and contacts relevant for Allied Health private practitioners and healthcare businesses. Click here



Botulinum Toxin in the Management of Children with Cerebral Palsy- NeuroRehabilitation, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 103-110, 2019

Botulinum toxin blog

The changes to the PBS, now BotulineToxin Type A is now available for the lower limb…

According to recent research, injection of botulinum toxin type A (BoNT-A) is effective for reducing over-activity in muscles in children with cerebral palsy. This results in a reduction in muscle strength and muscle tone with small, short-lived gains in aspects of gait and function, in some children with cerebral palsy- Study published in Springer Link.


Keep up to date with the latest intervention research!


  • A stimulus for eating. The use of neuromuscular transcutaneous electrical stimulation in patients affected by severe dysphagia after subacute stroke: A pilot randomized controlled trial–   NeuroRehabilitation, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 103-110, 2019
  • Comparing Traditional and Tablet-Based Intervention for Children With Speech Sound Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial–  Speech Language and Hearing Research Volume 62, Issue 11, Pages: 4045-4061, November 2019
  • Efficacy of modified chin tuck against resistance exercise using hand‐free device for dysphagia in stroke survivors: A randomised controlled trialJournal of Oral Rehabilitation Volume46, Issue11, Pages 1042-1046, November 2019


Professional Development Library of FREE webinars and presentations for health professionals, covering clinical, non-clinical and business-based topics and our RESOURCES- click here



Planning some time away from your desk this holiday season?  I hope so – it’s super hard to get away sometimes, but it’s just so important to have a break! 

Self Nurturance? Who has the time?



Self Nurturance is about treating yourself with compassion by prioritising your mental and physical health. After all, when our health suffers; so does our ability to function at our best. It is for this reason that self-nurturance has become a phrase that is really taking off. By learning to self-nurture, we can get so much more out of life! Blog by Leanne Hall a Psychologist and Therapist…


Why you should eat more banana skins?

And not only are the peels an economical way to boost the bulk of any smoothie, baked good or even curry that you are making you will also boost your nutritional intake significantly when you add banana peels to your favourite banana based recipes.  Blog published by Susie Burrell, Shape Me chief dietitian.




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The 44th Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA) Annual Scientific Meeting, will be held from 1-4 August 2020 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  The theme for the conference is “From Promise to Precision: A 2020 Vision” to emphasise recent developments in genetics and genomics, encompassing improved diagnostic precision coupled with the realistic promise of targeted therapies, and preparing the genetic healthcare workforce to meet these challenges.


Join the largest online annual event in Parkinson’s!

2020 Insight into parkinson's bannerINSIGHT Into PD Global Online Summit – the largest online conference in the world for Parkinson’s organised and hosted by PD Warrior. It’s a great opportunity to learn from 60 world class international speakers across ALL PD topics! The first three days are FREE (1st-3rd April, 2020) Live Schedule Broadcast.

If you want upgrade to stream-on-demand for another 30 day access- Grab your super early bird rate today!


2020 APS College of Clinical Psychologists Conference Banner

Join the 2020 APS College of Clinical Psychologists Conference on 15 to 17 May, will be held in Sofitel Brisbane Central. The conference theme is Complexity in Practice to reflect the challenging case loads many clinical psychologists manage, often in a private practice.


Darwin 2020- 24-27 May 

2020 OT Exchange- 22-23 June

HIC 2020 Brisbane- 27-29 July 

SARRAH 2020- 13- 15 September 

Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2020- 30 September to 3 October 

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Thank you all so much for your kind words of support through the year, I absolutely and truly appreciate connecting with each of you.


Wishing you ALL a wonderful restful break with your loved ones… Happy Christmas everyone!




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! #alliedhealthprofessionsrule


Sarena Jones

Director @ Allied Health Support Services

[email protected]



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