Oceans apart, yet connected: Findings from a qualitative study on professional supervision in rural and remote allied health services

Ducat, Wendy, Martin, Priya, Kumar, Saravana, Burge, Vanessa and Abernathy, LuJuana (2015) Oceans apart, yet connected: Findings from a qualitative study on professional supervision in rural and remote allied health services. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24 1: 29-35. doi:10.1111/ajr.12192


Author Ducat, Wendy
Martin, Priya
Kumar, Saravana
Burge, Vanessa
Abernathy, LuJuana
Title Oceans apart, yet connected: Findings from a qualitative study on professional supervision in rural and remote allied health services
Journal name Australian Journal of Rural Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-1584
1038-5282
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12192
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 29
End page 35
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective
Improving the quality and safety of health care in Australia is imperative to ensure the right treatment is delivered to the right person at the right time. Achieving this requires appropriate clinical governance and support for health professionals, including professional supervision. This study investigates the usefulness and effectiveness of and barriers to supervision in rural and remote Queensland.

Design
As part of the evaluation of the Allied Health Rural and Remote Training and Support program, a qualitative descriptive study was conducted involving semi-structured interviews with 42 rural or remote allied health professionals, nine operational managers and four supervisors. The interviews explored perspectives on their supervision arrangements, including the perceived usefulness, effect on practice and barriers.

Results
Themes of reduced isolation; enhanced professional enthusiasm, growth and commitment to the organisation; enhanced clinical skills, knowledge and confidence; and enhanced patient safety were identified as perceived outcomes of professional supervision. Time, technology and organisational factors were identified as potential facilitators as well as potential barriers to effective supervision.

Conclusions
This research provides current evidence on the impact of professional supervision in rural and remote Queensland. A multidimensional model of organisational factors associated with effective supervision in rural and remote settings is proposed identifying positive supervision culture and a good supervisor–supervisee fit as key factors associated with effective arrangements.
Keyword Allied health
Clinical supervision
Professional development for rural health professionals
Professional supervision
Rural health workforce
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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