Continuing Education of Health Professionals
Soaring Health practitioners and therapists have access to the collaborative ‘Young Graduate Program’ partnering inter-disciplinary allied health professionals to develop professional skills working in community health. Professional development topics and workshops are presented by specialists in the areas of paediatrics, community health and disability. A total of 80 CPD hours are provided annually to practitioners internally to accelerate career progression and open pathways to leadership positions. These are broken down into 3 categories:
1. Peer Support Program
The peer support program facilitates weekly intra-disciplinary meetings for health professionals in their first 2 years of practice. It takes place in a collaborative environment where discussions revolve around case scenarios, treatment planning, functional goal setting and work-life balance as a health professional.
2. Presentations, Tutorials & Workshops
Weekly workshops, tutorials and presentations are presented to Soaring Health practitioners and therapists to ensure continuous education and implementation of the latest innovations in science and health. The program was developed in 2020 and some keynote topics include:
- Introduction to sensory processing and sensory modulation
- Assistive Technology (AT) and therapeutic supports
- Managing challenging behaviors associated with ASD and ADHD
- Graduate anxiety and dealing with workplace stress
- Key sign language
- Collaboration in a multi-modal clinic
- Identifying childhood abuse
- The report writing process and improved outcomes
- Living with disability
Following graduation from university, supervision is not generally a requirement by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Soaring Health young graduates are provided with additional weekly supervision with an experienced health professional. External supervisors and associate academics are commonly employed for the purpose of supervising young graduates at Soaring Health. These weekly supervision sessions are an important part of ensuring young grads are developing into young leaders in community health.