The aptitudes of allied health professionals working in remote communities

Thomas, Yvonne & Clark, Michele J. (2007) The aptitudes of allied health professionals working in remote communities. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, 14(5), pp. 216-220.

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This study aimed to identify the aptitudes required in allied health professionals working in three different service delivery models serving remote locations in Northern tropical Australia. Eighteen allied health professionals including," dietetics, diabetes educators, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, podiatry, social work and speech pathology participated in this exploratory study using a narrative approach. A range of aptitudes were identified and themed under the following headings: (1) being organized but flexible, (2) cooperation and mediation, (3) culturally aware and accepting communicators, (4) knowing the community (5) resourcefulness and resilience and (6) reflectivity. Limiting factors were also deduced. Three of the themes are discussed in this paper. The study found that allied health professionals working in remote settings identified as important personal attributes not necessarily valued in metropolitan settings. Recruitment processes and education programs need to recognize the importance of personal attributes as well as professional skills.

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ID Code: 27137
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Allied Health, Remote, Personal Aptitudes, Recruitment, Health Professional Education
ISSN: 1741-1645
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2010 23:51
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:54

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