Increasing the occupational therapy mental health workforce through innovative practice education: a pilot project

Rodger, Sylvia, Thomas, Yvonne, Holley, Sue, Springfield, Elizabeth, Edwards, Ann, Broadbridge, Jacqueline, Greber, Craig, McBryde, Cathy, Banks, Rebecca, and Hawkins, Rachel (2009) Increasing the occupational therapy mental health workforce through innovative practice education: a pilot project. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 56 (6). pp. 409-417.

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Abstract

Aim: This paper describes the evaluation of a pilot trial of two innovative placement models in the area of mental health, namely role emerging and collaborative supervision. The Queensland Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Collaborative conducted this trial in response to workforce shortages in mental health.

Method: Six occupational therapy students and eight practice educators were surveyed pre- and post-placements regarding implementation of these innovative models.

Results: Students participating in these placements reported that they were highly likely to work in mental health upon graduation, and practice educators were positive about undertaking innovative placements in future. An overview of the placement sites, trials, outcomes and limitations of this pilot trial is provided.

Conclusion: Though limited by its small sample size, this pilot trial has demonstrated the potential of innovative placement models to provide valuable student learning experiences in mental health. The profession needs to develop expertise in the use of innovative placement models if students are to be adequately prepared to work with the mental health issues of the Australian community now and in the future.

Item ID: 8517
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: collaborative models; mental health; placements; practice education; role emerging; supervision
ISSN: 1440-1630
Funders: Queensland Health
Projects and Grants: Invigorating Mental Health Placements Projects
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2010 05:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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