The evaluation of the clinical supervision e-learning courses. Prepared for Department for Health and Ageing, South Australia

With increasing recognition for quality and safety in health care, there has been renewed focus on structure (the setting in which health care is delivered), process (how health care is provided) and outcome (the end result of health care). Structural elements relates to aspects such as facilities and equipment required to provide care, qualifications and competencies of providers and administrative aspects of health care. Process elements include technical (such as best practice achieved through support, mentoring and ongoing performance appraisal) and functional (communication and patient centeredness) aspects of care. Outcome elements include health outcomes (such as mortality, impairment, quality of life) and organisational and health system outcomes (cost, satisfaction).

 The objectives of the evaluation were to:

  1. Evaluate the accessibility of the clinical supervision e-learning courses
  2. Evaluate the attitudes, knowledge and skills about clinical supervision
  3. Evaluate the structure, content and presentation of the clinical supervision e-learning courses 

ASPIRE for quality: a new evidence-based tool to evaluate clinical service performance in South Australian Local Health Networks. Prepared for Allied and Scientific Health Office Department of Health, South Australia

A detailed consolidation of this report may be found here

This report describes the conceptualisation, development, and evaluation of an evidence-based performance evaluation system (ASPIRE) that can be used by allied health practitioners to assess their clinical service performance. The main objectives are to scope potential systems/models that can be used to deliver the following:

  • Embedded understanding of how to evaluate performance and productivity of clinical services in local health networks (LHNs) by Allied Health in line with contemporary key SA Health and LHN plans and strategies
  • Embedded understanding of how to promulgate the results of evaluation to achieve business change (including resources such as templates/toolkits)
  • Increased levels of evaluated Allied Health services in LHNs
  • Increased instances of Allied Health service improvement resulting from such evaluation
  • A suite of measures such as key performance indicators, clinical indicators, outcomes, inputs and outputs accessible to allied health to evaluate and improve their clinical services
  • To recommend one system/model including a robust system of evaluation of the model, in consultation with the Chief Allied and Scientific Health Advisor or delegate
  • To pilot the recommended system/model in a controlled area (e.g. Division, Department) within a LHN
  • To report results to the Allied and Scientific Health Office with detailed recommendation for further phases/rollout as appropriate


Strengthening the Orthoptic Workforce, ACT Health Directorate: A Systematic Review of the Role, Effectiveness & Training of Orthoptists. A technical report prepared for the ACT Health Directorate

Orthoptists are involved in the detection, diagnosis and management of a range of eye and vision disorders/ problems. To improve the utilization of these professionals it is important to first consider their current role, as well as their role overseas. This systematic review aims to provide this information. This review sought to answer the following questions:

  1. What is the role of orthoptists in managing patients with eye disease/ disorder?
  2. Are there advanced practice, extended practice or assistant/ support roles for orthoptists?
  3. What is the evidence regarding the effectiveness of orthoptic roles in terms of process, cost and health outcomes?
  4. How is orthoptic practice described and organized?
  5. What training and supervision is reported for orthoptists? 

A brief evidence summary for the parameters underpinning clinical supervision of health professionals. Prepared for SA Health

There is currently a paucity of high quality research evidence, such as systematic reviews, regarding the parameters (duration and frequency) underpinning clinical supervision of health professionals. A recent literature review on allied heath clinical supervision in Australia identified numbers of knowledge gaps in this field (Fitzpatrick et al. 2012). Fitzpatrick and colleagues argue that a number of issues may have contributed to these knowledge gaps including the diverse entity that is allied heath, lack of agreed aim and definition of supervision, absence of agreement on what is considered to be effective supervision, absence of good training in clinical supervision and absence of clear mechanisms for implementing clinical supervision.