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Telehealth survey

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) invites members and the clients they serve to participate in a research project to help describe the experiences of people who have received care from an allied healthcare clinician during the COVID-19 pandemic. These two surveys are sponsored by the University of Melbourne in collaboration with Speech Pathology Australia, Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), and a variety of allied health professional associations.

Complete the clinician survey.

Complete the client survey.

What is the purpose of the study?
With the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules, many healthcare services are delivering care remotely via telehealth (e.g. providing consultations via telephone or video over the internet). The research project is interested in learning more about the experiences of allied healthcare clinicians who consulted with their patients via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the project would like to know whether clinicians found telehealth to be safe and effective, or if there were any barriers to providing care via telehealth.

Who can participate?
You can participate in the study if you are currently registered with AHPA or a certified member of a self-regulating allied health professional body, and have provided consultations via telephone or via video over the internet for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic (since March 1st 2020).

What does the project involve and how much time does it take?
If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an anonymous survey online about your experiences delivering care via telehealth, specifically via telephone and via video over the internet. You will be asked about how acceptable, effective, and safe you found telehealth.

It is anticipated that the survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. Survey responses will be anonymous and no identifying data (e.g. names, addresses etc.) will be collected.

If you work in a private practice or community setting, you will also be asked to assist with recruitment in our related telehealth survey for patients by sending survey invitations via email to your patients. The email (sent on behalf of the study team) will contain a link to the study information sheet and patient survey. You are still able to complete the clinician survey even if you cannot participate in this recruitment component of the study.

What are the benefits of this study?
This research will inform decision making around the future funding and delivery of care via telehealth in allied healthcare both during the COVID-19 pandemic and once the pandemic has ended. By inviting your patients to participate in our patient survey, this will give us direct access to those who have experienced telehealth delivery, and allow us to gather more meaningful data on patient experiences with telehealth and its acceptability and safety from their perspective.

Participants in the survey will go into a draw to win a $500 prepaid visa card. To ensure that your survey responses stay anonymous, at the end of the survey you will be redirected to a separate form and asked to provide your name and contact details to go into the draw. Your details will not be linked to your survey responses in any way.

How is this study funded?
This study is supported by funding from Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA).

About the researchers
Dr Stephanie Filbay is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine in the Department of Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne. Contact Dr FIlbay either by email or telephone: 03 8344 0088


EOI: Dysphagia Management Working Group

Speech Pathology Australia is seeking expressions of interest from members to join a working group to revise the Association’s current Clinical Guideline on Dysphagia. These were last reviewed in 2012 and are to be updated over the next 12 months.

The Clinical Guidelines are intended to provide information about the speech pathology management of the neonate, child and adult with a dysphagia.

Members currently involved or interested in dysphagia management are encouraged to apply to be a member of the working group to develop this Clinical Guideline. The Association is looking for a broad spectrum of participants representing all key stakeholders in this area.

Interested members should email their CV along with a 500-word statement outlining their relevant clinical and/or research skills in dysphagia management, and their previous project work experience to Claire Layfield by COB Friday 31 July.