ACEN Research Conversations – Grant Presentation

Supporting allied health students during rural placements

19 March 2024

12:00pm AEDT

Date:

19 March 2024

Time:

12:00pm AEDT

Location:

Online

Contact:

admin@acen.edu.au

Supporting allied health students during rural placements

Developing strategies for sustainable and successful allied health student placements in rural locations is imperative to fostering a robust and resilient health workforce. During the presentation, Dr. Romany Martin will share the recommendations of a research project which aimed to explore the support needs of allied health students on rural placement in Australia, from the perspectives of students and clinical educators. The project was funded by the Australian Collaborative Education Network, and ultimately, interviewed allied health students completing an Australian rural clinical placement (n=13), and clinical educators of allied health students in rural Australian locations (n=11).  Disciplines were physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, dietetics, and exercise physiology. Rural allied health placements necessitate unique strategies to support student learning, facilitated through actions of both the clinical educator and the broader health care team.

Research Grant Final Report & Resources 

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Presenter

Dr. Romany Martin

University of Tasmania

Romany Martin is a physiotherapist who works as a Lecturer at The University of Tasmania, and as a physiotherapist at the Launceston General Hospital. Prior to this, she worked in acute hospital settings across Southeast Queensland. Romany earned her PhD in teaching and learning from The University of Queensland, titled ‘Preparing and supporting new-graduate physiotherapists for rural practice’. Her research focuses on preparing students and new graduates for the reality of practice in physiotherapy and more broadly across Allied Health. She has published about the use of simulation for the development of rural empathy, and about the mentorship of new graduates across multiple practice settings.

Facilitated through ACEN Research Committee, Research Conversations include informal gathering of like-minded practitioners and scholars interested in furthering our knowledge of WIL scholarship, research and practice and ACEN grant holder presentations.

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