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TCEN 2014 Innovation Grants

 

The objective of this project was to introduce Mental Health Peer Workers (with minimum Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work qualifications) into the Tasmanian Mental Health Workforce (Government and Community Sector organisations) through developing pilot sites for student work placements.

2014 Tasmanian Clinical Education Network Grants

Enhancing Health Workforce capability through Inter-Professional Simulation

 

Facilitating student inter-professional learning in a contemporary private health care setting to enhance communication and collaboration

Calvary HealthCare Tasmania, South

Through funding received from the TCEN, further investment in equipment for the existing Simulation Lab has been made possible at Calvary Health Care Tasmania, Lenah Valley.  This project has been completed in conjunction with a second LIF project at Calvary ‘Facilitating student inter-professional learning in a contemporary private healthcare setting to enhance communication and collaboration’ in which a project coordinator was employed to develop an inter-professional simulation program for undergraduate students.

The investment in equipment, which is reflective of a real clinical environment, has ensured that participants undertaking simulated learning are not distracted by faulty or outdated equipment, therefore increasing the environmental fidelity of the learning.

The TCEN has provided Calvary Health Care Tasmania, South with an opportunity to establish an inter-professional learning program for undergraduate students participating in clinical placements. This has been achieved by the formulation of a multi-disciplinary working group of facilitators and educators, who have successfully developed a bank of scenarios to be used for inter-professional learning simulation sessions.

Inter-professional learning resources for aged care placement settings

School of Medicine (Division of Pharmacy), University of Tasmania

The objectives of the ‘Inter-Professional learning resources for aged care placement settings’ were:

  • Build student placement capacity through developing quality inter-professional learning programs in non-traditional setting (aged care settings);
  • Placement provider support through the development of resources/tools to support preceptors and the provision of a facilitator;
  • Increase in frequency and duration of cross discipline placements
  • Commencement of student driven quality improvement activities in the aged care setting.
Development of simulated learning resources for Allied Health Assistants training in TasTAFE

Department of Health and Human Services and TasTAFE

The primary intent of this project was to develop simulated learning experiences and resources for utilisation in the allied health sector and to align these with performance criteria from the Certificate IV in Allied Health.

The project focussed on five main disciplines within the sector; physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, speech pathology and dietetics and nutrition. The Department of Health and Human Services and TasTAFE engaged with allied health professionals and assistants to provide clinical input and expertise into the resource development.

Introducing Mental Health Peer Workers into Government and Non-Government Workforce

Registered Training Organisation Unit, Tasmanian Health Organisation (South)

The objective of this project was to introduce Mental Health Peer Workers (with minimum Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work qualifications) into the Tasmanian Mental Health Workforce (Government and Community Sector organisations) through developing pilot sites for student work placements.

Caesarean Section – a patients journey

Mersey Community Hospital, Tasmanian Health Organisation – (North West­)

The objective of this project was to lessen the anxiety of external users of the operating suite by informing them of the processes throughout.The project was aimed towards the peri-operative patient commencing at the Maternity Ward / Birthing Suite through to the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit and would be filmed in three sections (peri-operative, intra-operative and post-operative), educating all on the process involved.

The target audience will be student midwives, nursing students, medical students and can also be used as a tool in the ante-natal clinic for patient education.

 
Expressions of Interest process

An Expression of Interest for submissions for the TCEN and Local Innovations Fund was distributed to TCEN members in January 2014.

The TCEN invited submissions to receive grants for innovative projects which would boost clinical training quality and/capacity through the TCEN. Submissions were to align with the aims of the TCEN, Clinical Supervision Support Program and/or the Simulated Learning Environments Program.

Submissions were to demonstrate a direct correlation with at least one of the below key strategies within the TCEN Work Plan:

  • Increase inter-professional clinical training within Tasmania, especially in HWA priority settings;
  • Increase the quality and support for clinical education and training;
  • Increase the use of Simulated Learning Methods to enhance and support clinical education and training.

Funding was available for a limited number of major projects up to $70 000. Additionally, a reserved amount was made available for modest projects up to $10 000.

The EOI closed on 28 March 2014 with forty (40) applications received state-wide. A Selection Panel was formed to review and assess all incoming applications. The Selection Panel comprised of two representatives from Health Workforce Australia and the Project Manager of the TCEN.

An overview of successful projects is available in the links below.