Are we innovative in allied health?
Innovation generally refers to creating or changing processes, ideas or products so they are more effective. It does not necessarily have to mean you are an inventor.
I feel at times there is a gap between the amazing projects people are doing at their place of work and identification with the word innovation. People are not confident that what they are doing is actually innovative. Over the years, I have met so many wonderful therapists, and I can tell you, there are so many creative, driven, amazing, innovative therapists within our industry. You definitely do not have to invent things to be innovative in allied health
In 2014 we saw the Royal Children’s Hospital OT Department in Melbourne showcase their award-winning innovative program which delivered online education modules nationwide for therapists needing to update their skills in the treatment of
Last year, I launched the Amy Geach Hand Therapy Innovation Award as part of the annual Australian Hand Therapy Association National Conference. I wanted to bridge that disconnection between therapist’s perceptions of innovation (or lack of!) and their actual ideas and programs that were rolling out in hand therapy practice around the country.
This year, we are into our second year of the award. Entries are now open. Why not nominate a therapist you think has shown innovation in practice, or nominate yourself! Entry is open until 30th June 2015 via this link: http://www.ahta.com.au/site/amy-geach-hand-therapy-innovation-award