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Allied Health Link Round Up Blog – September 2021

We here at ALLIED HEALTH SUPPORT SERVICES are looking to save you time wherever we can … on that note, 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…

Shout out to our colleagues working in REHABILITATION for this month… 

To keep up to date with what’s going on in the rehabilitation space we’ve collated the latest research articles, blogs, resources and events!

FEATURED ARTICLES

Body Neglect in Stroke Patients by Elite Learning

Body neglect in stroke patients is a neuropsychological condition that occurs due to damage in one hemisphere of the brain. It occurs when there is a deficit in attention or awareness to one side of the field of vision or to the affected limb. Body neglect in stroke recovery can be challenging for rehab professionals to address. 

Find out from Elite Learning how to facilitate patient awareness of the affected side and strategies to encourage use of the affected side during non-rehab time. 

Image credit to Elite Learning

Aural Rehabilitation via Telepractice: Current Practices and Future Outlook by MedEl

Whether it’s for hearing aids, cochlear implants, or other hearing technology, it’s well-established and widely acknowledged that aural rehabilitation is absolutely essential for supporting better communication outcomes. Read the key learnings on aural rehabilitation via telehealth from a recent research project that has been added to the WHO list of COVID-19 literature resources.

Finding the balance between prescribing home exercise programs for adaptation and adherence – A guest blog by By Dr. Sjaan Gomersall Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at The University of Queensland and Clinical Consultant at VALD Health.

Prosthetic enables a wide range of daily activities, such as zipping a suitcase, shaking hands, and petting a cat. The researchers found the prosthetic, designed with a system for tactile feedback, restored some primitive sensation in a volunteer’s residual limb. The new design is also surprisingly durable, quickly recovering after being struck with a hammer or run over with a car. Read more…

Complete vs. Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: Prognosis and Treatment by Flint Rehab

 

One way to measure the severity of a spinal cord injury is to determine whether it is complete or incomplete. These two classifications of injury have very different recovery outlooks and rehabilitation goals. This article gives you more information about the differences between a complete and incomplete spinal cord injury. 

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RESOURCES

Working in neuro rehabilitation? Check out these resources.

With the current COVID-19 crisis, many stroke survivors and people with mobility problems are receiving less inpatient or outpatient rehab and being offered Tele-rehab instead.

StrokeEd has developed FREE resources to help clinicians set up safe and effective home exercises for Tele-Rehab. To view and/or download – visit the StrokeEd website.

Online Learning Resources

Connect Neuro Physiotherapy aims to provide best practice educational material designed to help and inspire both the health professional and someone living with a neurological condition. 

Educational videos and Nordic Walking Instructor Modules are available on the website. 

PD WARRIOR

PD Warrior offers a progressive training program for all fitness trainers and health professionals. They offer a range of education and training programs to encourage you in your training and to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in Parkinson’s and Exercise. Take a look!

Other resources 

Handed provides high-quality education for occupational therapists and physiotherapists in the areas of hand therapy, burns and plastics and was founded by KARINA LEWIS, an Occupational Therapist and AHSS content team member.  

Check out the courses by visiting the Handed website. 

Rehabilitation and Allied Health Practice Considerations post COVID19 by Alberta Health Services

This resource provided and shared by Alberta Health Services is intended to support rehabilitation and allied health providers across the care continuum who are working with patients recovering from symptoms of COVID-19. 

The purpose of this document is not to outline all treatment approaches, rather it is intended to highlight new practice considerations when working with patients post-COVID.

You can copy/download the document for FREE. 

Allied Health Support Services has a library of FREE resources, including webinars and presentations, for health professionals! Topics range from business and marketing to neurological rehabilitation and paediatrics.  Sign up today to access amazing resources, podcasts, webinars and blogs for FREE! 

Clinical

Fact Sheet

Medicine Australia has developed a number of factsheets and resources to help educate you on the role of exercise in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic conditions or disorders.

Two factsheets are available for most conditions. The first is a “professional” version aimed at doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. The second is a “public” version aimed for patients and the general public. Access the FACT SHEETS and RESOURCES here

Research and Literature

Stroke study reveals optimal timing and intensity for arm and hand rehabilitation

A phase II, randomised clinical trial found that the optimal period for intensive rehabilitation of arm and hand use after a stroke should begin 60 to 90 days after the event. The study, conducted by Georgetown University and MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (NRH) researchers, published September 20, 2021

Source: Science Daily  (Access the original article here)

Exercise-therapy and education for individuals one year after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a pilot randomised controlled trial

Guided rehabilitation beyond 6-months is rare following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), despite high prevalence of unacceptable symptoms and quality of life (QoL). Our primary aim was to determine the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) evaluating a physiotherapist-guided intervention for individuals 1-year post-ACLR with persistent symptoms. Our secondary aim was to determine if a worthwhile treatment effect could be observed for the lower-limb focussed intervention (compared to the trunk-focussed intervention), for improvement in knee-related QoL, symptoms, and function.

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 22, 64 (2021)  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12891-020-03919-6

Health & Wellness

Have you stretched today? 

Whether you are working from the office or home, give yourself a break from your computer screen. Check out these 15 Simple And Quick Office Stretches To Boost Work Efficiency  (Source: Lifehack)

Allied Health Events

ACL Rehabilitation & Return to Sport by The Sports Map Network

This Masterclass will take viewers through Tim’s ACL Rehabilitation process from early, mid, and late stage / sports specific rehabilitation. Presented by Tim McGrath, Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist (PhD)

11TH AOPA CONGRESS: REFLECTIONS AND PROJECTIONS

The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association have announced that AOPA 2021 Congress will be delivered in two parts: Virtual Education and In-person Connection. For more info about the registration – visit the website!

Date: Part 1: 14-15 October 2021 & part 2: 4-5 March 2022

2021 SMA e-Conference

In a first for SMA, the e-Conference will be delivered in a new and innovative way online – seeing the conference feature two elements, Summit and Showcase. The e-Conference will be available to delegates all around the world for the first time in SMA history!

Date: 8th – 9th October 

Pain, Mental Illness and Addictive Behaviours Workshop by Beyond Pain

A unique, first of its kind, workshop that explores the commonalities between pain, mental illness and addictive behaviours. This workshop/webinar provides you with an in-depth understanding of the ins and outs of habit development leading to addiction and teaches key strategies to ensure successful functional gains. Registration ends 22nd October 2021

Date: 27th October

ACA Conference 2021

With lockdowns, border closures and the continuing uncertainty of COVID-19, the Australian Chiropractors Association are pleased to announce that ACA Conference 2021 is still proceeding but will now take place online.  The theme will centre on all you need to know about female patients and their unique health needs.

Date: 23-24 October

FEATURED EVENT

Research To Practice 2022 

The Conference Co-Chairs, Committee and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) are excited to bring you Research to Practice 2022. SUPER EARLY BIRD rates are now available!  

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