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Leading health reform: A critical review of 'leadership' within allied health competency standards


Dalton, L and Butler-Henderson, K and Newstead, T and Quinn, W, Leading health reform: A critical review of 'leadership' within allied health competency standards, Australian Health Review, 45, (3) pp. 368-376. ISSN 0156-5788 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/AH20144


Objective: To examine if, when, and how select allied health professional standards currently articulate the Health LEADS Australia themes.

Methods: Eighteen allied health professional standards were searched to locate references to leadership. Data were extracted and inductively, deductively and thematically analysed as a meta-synthesis. Frequencies were counted, with sub-analysis by professional area, classification level, competency type, and Blooms (1) level.

Results: There were 953 direct and indirect leadership statements. Only 2 leadership definitions were located: pharmacists and dentists. The principal theme Leadership only appeared as 18 (2%) of the total data set that made direct references to leadership, which were mostly vague and unclear. The remaining indirect references to leadership are reported as four overarching themes: Self leadership (289,31%); Leadership with and of others (263, 29%); Improvement and change leadership (223, 24%) and Health reform leadership (139, 18%).

Conclusions: Health leadership is not easily recognisable in the examined allied health practice standards. With some refinement they could play a critical role in preparing future allied health graduates to support ongoing health system reform needed to improve public health.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:education and training, governance, health policy, health services management, workforce
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Allied health and rehabilitation science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Dalton, L (Associate Professor Lisa Dalton)
UTAS Author:Butler-Henderson, K (Associate Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson)
UTAS Author:Newstead, T (Dr Toby Newstead)
UTAS Author:Quinn, W (Mrs Wendy Quinn)
ID Code:141797
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2020-11-20
Last Modified:2021-07-21
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