Articles and Presentations


Publication & Authors

Gavino, A. I., Isaac, V., & McLachlan, C. S. (2018). Hypertension status and associations with self-rated health and General Practitioner health seeking in a rural Australian cohort. Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease, 5(4), 53.

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Summary

Data is presented from 278 local residents who returned a survey as a part of the Big Ararat Health Study. This article looks in more detail at those who had self-reported high blood pressure (hypertension) and found they visited their GP more often yet were not knowledgeable about their blood pressure readings. Those with poorer self-rated health were also more likely to see their GP.

This research was supported through a research grant from East Grampians Health Service.


Publication & Authors

Leggat, S. G., Phillips, B., Pearce, P., Dawson, M., Schulz, D., & Smith, J. (2016). Clinical supervision for allied health staff: necessary but not sufficient. Australian Health Review, 40(4), 431-437

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Summary

Clinical supervision for allied health professionals is a process where the clinical practitioner (supervisee) has the opportunity to meet regularly with an experienced colleague (supervisor) to discuss issues of relevance to their practice.

Responses from 82 surveys of allied health professionals indicated that clinical supervision was thought to benefit both the staff and patients. It was seen as a supportive and reflective relationship that was separate from performance management. However, this divide may not be adequately addressing clinical risk.


Publication & Authors

Brown, A., Santilli, M., & Scott, B. (2015). The internal audit of clinical areas: a pilot of the internal audit methodology in a health service emergency department. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 27(6), 520-522.

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Summary

A toolkit for a systematic approach to the internal audit of clinical care areas was developed and trialled in an emergency department. The audit successfully identified significant clinical risks that were not found by a recent NSQHS accreditation. Therefore, such clinical audits may provide more robust assurance about the management of significant clinical risks.

This research was supported in-kind by East Grampians Health Service.


Conference Presentation

Cooper, R. (2019). Results From a two year trial of a ‘whole-of-person’ approach to improve retention of health professionals working in the rural public sector health. 13th Annual Workforce Planning for Healthcare. Sydney, November 20-22nd.

Conference Presentation

Cosgrave, C., Cooper, R. & Lowe, K. (2019). Trialling a whole-of-person approach for improving retention of rural-based allied health professionals. 3rd Victorian Allied Health Research Conference. Melbourne, March 22.