Allied Health Rural Generalist – Education Program Accreditation System Project

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) has been engaged by Queensland Health to develop an accreditation system for rural generalist training for seven health professions. This work is part of a national strategy led by Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) to develop a rural generalist pathway for the allied health professions.

Project Outcomes
The project will be undertaken between January and June 2018. The outcomes will be:

  1. Accreditation standards for education programs providing post-graduate training in rural generalist practice for the occupational therapy, pharmacy, nutrition & dietetics, podiatry, physiotherapy, speech pathology and radiography professions.
  2. Comprehensive description and supporting resources that will facilitate the implementation of a governance body that is responsible for the standards and for administering the accreditation process. Implementation will occur in a subsequent phase of the strategy. The project will formalise the description of rural generalist practice requirements for the seven professions that reflect the needs of the health system and rural and remote communities. The proposed accreditation system will support education providers, professional bodies and healthcare providers to build training programs, professional frameworks and employment structures that recognise a rural generalist scope.

Development of the accreditation standards and system will draw on existing information sources including profession-specific and inter-professional frameworks, outcomes from previous stages of the rural generalist strategy, and consultation with stakeholders in the education and health care sectors and wider community.

Project Team
The AHHA team has worked extensively across the field of accreditation, education and practice for a number of professions, both in the pre-registration and post-registration context. They have an extensive track record managing and leading engagement and consultation with stakeholders across multidisciplinary teams, as well as reviewing and analysing governance structures and quality management systems.

Stakeholder Involvement
The first round of consultation will occur through:

  • face-to-face meetings in Melbourne on 26 February 2018 and Sydney on 1 March 2018, and
  • a national webinar on 6 March (2pm - 4pm AEST)

Invitations to key stakeholder groups will be distributed for the face-to-face meetings and details of the webinar will be distributed and published on this webpage.

You can download the agenda here

Further information on the project
Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway:
Accreditation system project: Kylie Woolcock