Managing outreach services with student placements
For some allied health professionals providing a service to remote and rural communities may involve outreach visits. Taking a student on outreach visits presents a number of challenges as it typically involves travel from a larger site to an outlying community and may include overnight stays. In this video Jodie Booth, an occupational therapist with Queensland Health's Deadly Ears program, discusses the factors involved in deciding whether a student should go on outreach visits to communities.
It may not always be possible to take a student who is on placement on an outreach visit. An allied health professional who does outreach visits can still supervise a student but some innovation and additional planning will be required. In this video Jodie Booth, an occupational therapist with Queensland Health's Deadly Ears program, describes what happens when she goes away on outreach visits to communities without the student.
Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) has an excellent section on outreach services. The information is for allied health professionals but would be an great way for students to develop an understanding of the complex factors involved in delivering an outreach service.