The partnership between Eastern Health and La Trobe University is transforming clinical practice to improve quality of care.
The Allied Health Clinical Research Office, established in 2006 as a joint initiative between Eastern Health and La Trobe University, coordinates a wide range of research projects. The research team promotes research culture within the organisation and provides clinician education and training to build capability in evidence-based practice. The Allied Health Clinical Research Office has become a central point of coordination and advocacy for allied health research at Eastern Health.
The partnership embodies Eastern Health’s values: to understand that healthcare is about people caring for people; to strive for excellence; and to employ kindness, respect, agility and humility in professional relationships between staff, and with patients and their families.
About Eastern Health
Since its establishment in 2000, Eastern Health has played a key role in the provision of public health services in Melbourne’s eastern and outer eastern suburbs. Today, it’s one of Melbourne’s largest metropolitan public health services.
Geographically, Eastern Health covers the municipalities of Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges. Services are located across 2800 square kilometres in the east, the largest geographical catchment area of any metropolitan health service in Victoria.
Eastern Health is committed to developing and delivering services that meet the needs of a diverse and growing community. It encompasses seven hospitals, three emergency departments and more than 10,000 employees. It delivers 45 clinical services to more than 750,000 people.
Eastern Health provides a range of emergency, surgical, medical and general healthcare services. This includes maternity, palliative care, mental health, drug and alcohol, residential care, community health and state-wide specialist services to people and communities that are diverse in culture, age, socio-economic status, population and healthcare needs.
Eastern Health’s research is highly productive with 481 publications in 2021.
As a progressive, responsive and innovative health service, Eastern Health demonstrates its commitment to excellence through external accreditation with the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.
Allied Health Research
The partnership between Eastern Health and La Trobe University leverages a strong research culture to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of health services, along with evidence-based practice. Research is driven by real world problems and the findings are quickly translated into practice.
The research program encompasses:
- Improving mobility after hip fracture
- Physical activity for cancer survivors
- Reducing waiting time for outpatient and community services
- Building research culture and capacity in allied health services
The partnership between Eastern Health and La Trobe University provides clinical education placements for allied health students across acute hospitals, rehabilitation services, mental health settings, aged care and community-based services.
Each year Eastern Health provides more than 10,000 clinical placement days for students in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, podiatry, audiology, dietetics, pharmacy and speech pathology. The number of pre-registration students undertaking clinical placements with Eastern Health continues to grow, in part funded by a Department of Health and Human Services Training and Development Grant.
La Trobe University is Eastern Health’s primary partner for allied health placements. In the last two years the education partnership has been expanded to include undergraduate nursing students and co-delivery of the Masters of Nursing in Intensive Care, Emergency Care and Cardiac Care. This postgraduate program ensures that Eastern Health staff working in these specialty areas have the requisite skills to provide high quality, evidenced-based care for our patients.
An Associate Director in Learning and Teaching provides support and governance of student programs, increasing student exposure to benefit the organisation’s recruitment and workforce strategies.
- Dennett AM, Taylor NF, Porter J, Evans J, Horne-Thompson AL, Harding KE. 2022. Bridging the divide: An Analysis of Allied Health Quality and Research Projects Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions 42(1): 28-35. Read the paper
- Taylor NF, O’Halloran PD, Watts JJ, Morris R, Peiris CL, Porter J, Prendergast LA, Harding KE, Snowdon DA, Ekegren C, Hau R, Mudiyanselage SB, Rimayanti MU, Noeske K, Snowdon M, Kim D, Shields N. 2021. Motivational interviewing with Community-dwelling Older Adults after Hip Fracture (MIHip): Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial. BMJ Open 11:e047970. Read the paper
- Senserrick C, Lawler K, Scroggie GD, Williams K, Taylor NF. 2021. Three Short Sessions of Physiotherapy during Rehabilitation After Hip Fracture were no more Effective in Improving Mobility than a Single Longer Session: a Randomised Controlled Trial. Physiotherapy 112:87-95. Read the paper
- Harding KE, Lewis AK, Snowdon D, Kent B, Taylor NF. 2021. A Multi-faceted Strategy for Evidence Translation Reduces Healthcare Waiting Time: A Mixed Methods Study using the RE-AIM framework. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences 2: 38602. Read the paper
- Dennett AM, Sarkies M, Shields N, Peiris CL, Williams C, Taylor NF. 2021. Multidisciplinary, Exercise-Based Oncology Rehabilitation Programs Improve Some Patient Outcomes but Their Effectiveness on Health Service-level Outcomes Remains Uncertain: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal of Physiotherapy 67:12-26. Read the paper
- Harding KE, Snowdon DA, Lewis AK, Leggat SG, Kent B, Watts JJ and Taylor NF (2019) Staff Perspectives of a Model of Access and Triage for Reducing Waiting Time in Ambulatory Services: A Qualitative Study, BMC Health Services Research, 19: 283. Read the paper
- Taylor NF, Harding KE, Porter J, Horne-Thompson A, Wallis J, Kerridge G, Wilby A, Joy A, Kaminski MR, Sheats J and Wilson E (2019) Evaluating the Introduction of an Allied Health Clinical Research Office at a Health Service on Research Participation, Interest and Experience of Allied Health Professionals, Journal of Allied Health, 48(1): 46-53. Read the paper
- Harding KE, Leggat SG, Watts JJ, Kent B, Prendergast L, Kotis M, O'Reilly M, Karimi L, Snowdon DA, Lewis AK and Taylor NF (2018) A Model of Access Combining Triage With Initial Management Reduced Waiting Time for Community Outpatient Services: A Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial, BMC Medicine, 16: 182. Read the paper
- Lewis AK, Harding KE, Snowdon DA and Taylor NF (2018) Reducing Wait Time from Referral to First Visit for Community Outpatient Services may Contribute to Better Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review, BMC Health Services Research, 18(1): 869. Read the paper
- Harding K, Lynch L, Porter J and Taylor NF (2017) The Organisational Benefits of a Strong Research Culture: A Systematic Review, Australian Health Review, 41(1): 45-53. Read the paper