From the Director

Welcome to the first iCAHE newsletter for 2017!  This newsletter flags many new and exciting things happening in iCAHE.  In Jan 2017, iCAHE completed the first round of its 6 month ‘refreshment’ process, in which iCAHE vision, ethos, membership, funding, research directions, collaborative opportunities, marketing, profile and linkages were reviewed and updated.  Membership of iCAHE is now available by two pathways, each leading to generation of research income and publications which will grow allied health research quality and skills, link allied health research more closely to service delivery questions, and improve individuals’ track records.   Affiliate iCAHE membership is available to Honours and higher degree students of iCAHE members, and to industry partners who are involved in iCAHE research and/or student projects.  We will be inviting industry affiliates within the next few weeks. The second round of ‘refreshment’ has just commenced, with expressions of interest being called from researchers in the School of Health Science, UniSA who may be interested in collaborating on existing iCAHE research activities.  iCAHE researchers undertake a variety of activities and would welcome enquiries regarding involvement.  Enquiries about collaboration with iCAHE activities from individuals in the wider allied health community are also welcomed, and questions about collaboration can be directed to Dr Steve Milanese (  

iCAHE activities include (but are not limited to) training (as outlined in this newsletter), facilitating journal clubs, clinical guidelines writing, health economic evaluations, project planning, project evaluation, systematic reviews of the literature (including full PRISMA-based reviews, scoping reviews, rapid reviews, and targeted reviews) and data analysis.  Along with the iCAHE ‘refreshment’, the iCAHE website has undergone a significant change.  The new version will be available in the second week of February, and will showcase the many areas in which iCAHE researchers have been occupied.  We look forward to an exciting, productive and effective year of allied health service delivery research and innovation.  

iCAHE Traning Arm

Historically, iCAHE has conducted ad hoc courses in evidence based practice and health service delivery locally, nationally and internationally in the Philippines, South Africa and Hong Kong. With the continuous drive to improve the quality and standards of health care, there is a need for constant updating of knowledge and skills in these areas so health professionals can improve their practice. In response to this need, iCAHE has formally set up a training arm with the following aims:

  • Provide continuing education to health professionals (clinicians and academics) nationally and internationally
  • Provide pathways for higher degree opportunities (Post-graduate courses for clinicians and academics)

iCAHE recognises that ‘no one training fits all’ and thus iCAHE courses are tailored to the needs of the end-users.  iCAHE’s courses are underpinned by the evidence-based principles of standardising complex interventions which are composed of:

  • Core/fixed components
    • The basic and essential knowledge information
  • Variable/flexible components
    • Context specific strategies

The iCAHE courses meet the Australian Quality Framework (AQF) quality standards and thus all the courses are at least a Level 8 for Graduate Certificate/Professional Certificate programs, Level 9 for Masters programs and Level 10 for PhD programs. (AQF -

Training categories

For more information, please get in touch with Dr Janine Margarita Dizon, Head- iCAHE training arm

iCAHE provides training in Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Practice Guidelines in Japan

Dr Janine Dizon delivered a 2 day training on Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) to Japanese physiotherapists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology last 26th-27th of November 2016. The training focused on the principles of EBP and different CPG development methods. The Japanese physiotherapists working in clinical practice and guideline development areas acknowledged the need for more training in the areas of other CPG development methods relevant to the context of Japanese practice with focus on implementing the CPGs in practice.  The training was tailored to the needs of Japanese physiotherapists and the local context of evidence implementation. Sessions were also conducted for the undergraduate physiotherapists on the 29th of November at the Tokyo University of Technology.   Prof Takashi Nakayama and Mr Koya Mine co-facilitated the training, including translating the lecture material.  The courses were well received by the attendees. In the photo, L-R: Prof Tetsuya Takahashi, Dr Janine Dizon, Prof Takashi Nakayama, Mr Koya Mine. 

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Training snaps! The photos above picture Janine (left) and Koya (right) presenting during the training in Japan. 

Actions in Allied Health

Professional Certificate in Consumer Engagement

Consumers of healthcare services have an important role to play in supporting these services to become more accessible, more appropriate, and more effective at providing for the healthcare needs of the people they serve.  Consumer values and preferences represent an important pillar of evidence-based practice, and should be situated with equal standing alongside clinical expertise, research evidence, and understandings of local context.  

The iCAHE Professional Certificate in Consumer Engagement has resulted from a valued collaboration between iCAHE and Health Consumers Alliance South Australia.  The Professional Certificate provides a rare opportunity to learn about health consumer engagement through an examination of frameworks and research methods that can be used to increase the voice of consumers in the generation of evidence. Students will complete the Professional Certificate being able to:

  • Understand the history and application of best research evidence for consumer engagement in health sector governance, policy and practice and in clinical patient care
  • Identify evidence-informed principles for best practice health consumer engagement
  • Debate and advocate for best practice health consumer engagement in health services and clinical care
  • Design and advocate for a workplace project that incorporates best practice health consumer engagement

The Professional Certificate consists of two courses, the first examining the theory and practice of consumer engagement in healthcare, and the second providing students with a mentored process of applying their learning about evidence-informed health consumer engagement in a real-life setting.

The teaching and learning activities in Course 1 run from 27th Feb until 28th May 2017, with registration now closing on the 17th of February 2017. For further details regarding the Professional Certificate, please follow the link on the iCAHE homepage.


Refreshed iCAHE Journal Club Training (21 March 2017)– register now!

For the past decade, iCAHE has facilitated Journal Clubs (JC) in hospitals/healthcare centres in South Australia under the auspices of the Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO), Department of Health, SA. The iCAHE approach offers opportunities for health professionals to be trained in Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and apply research/ tested evidence into practice for clinical scenarios identified by clinicians themselves. The iCAHE JC approach has been well received and valued by several hundred participants over the years.

With the recent updates in EBP and implementing best evidence into practice, iCAHE has refreshed its JC approach by not only focusing on the steps in EBP but more importantly on ‘context’ and implementation of evidence.   iCAHE recognises that context is very important in getting evidence into practice. However, there is limited guidance as to how to assess and address local context considerations in order to make the evidence applicable and useful in practice. This is what the refreshed iCAHE JC approach is all about.

Excited? If you are, you would be happy to know that iCAHE will offer a one day workshop on this refreshed approach, on the 21st of March 2017. For more information and to reserve your place, you may contact the iCAHE Journal Club team at or for more information on our Journal Clubs please click here


2017 iCAHE Conference

This year iCAHE will be hosting a two day conference in November 2017, followed by a one day Masterclass. With a focus on putting evidence into practice for Allied Health, this conference will host presentations on the current state of play for allied health evidence globally and locally, and what barriers may exist for translating evidence into allied health practice. Presentations are welcomed from all allied health disciplines. Preliminary information will be released in early March to all newsletter recipients, alongside a call for abstracts. If you are interested in receiving updates regarding this event, please contact to be registered for our 2017 Conference Mailing list. 


Resources for You

Outcomes Calculator Update

The iCAHE Outcomes Calculator is currently being upgraded to meet the requirements of new computer operating systems.  It will be ready for re-release by the end of February 2017. This will coincide with the distribution of a survey to determine how the Calculator might be improved in future versions to better meet user needs and remain up to date with the rapidly changing technological and informational environment in which healthcare systems operate.  A revised manual of outcome measures will also be released at the same time. 

If you have any comments regarding the Outcomes Calculator, please contact iCAHE at

iCAHE Website

Currently, the iCAHE website is being redesigned to match its ‘refreshed’ direction. Featuring a simpler homepage with a rotating banner, the new website combines the well utilised resources from our original website alongside records of, and links to, iCAHE's projects and publications over the years. There will be an increased emphasis on iCAHE's new work over the coming year, with a special focus on the iCAHE Short Courses as they become available. Our critical appraisal library, guidelines clearinghouse, and our journal club critical appraisal library are being updated although your bookmarks of these pages should be unchanged.  Other pages however, will be relocated into new sections so as to maximise usability; should you be unable to locate a page you had previously utilised, please contact us so that we may redirect you. 

The redesign has maintained a focus on keeping as much information freely available as possible, while also ensuring that it can be found quickly and easily. The new website will be launched at the end of the second week of February, and all recipients of the iCAHE newsletter will receive an alert when the new website has been made live. Feedback on the new site once we have launched it would be more than welcomed. 

Research Spotlight

Researcher in focus: Dr Ashley Fulton

Ashley Fulton



Ashley has been working with iCAHE as a research assistant since May 2015. She has continued working with iCAHE since finishing her PhD at UniSA in October 2016.  Her PhD thesis was titled ’Long chain omega-3 fatty acids and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease’. She works as part of the iCAHE methods team.  Her recent work has spanned literature reviews in pain management, cancer and wellness and clinical practice guidelines in multi-morbidity. 







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