Planning your Policies & Procedures Manual

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  • Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:29
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A policy and procedure manual is a really important component of having a successful practice. There are so many benefits going forward if you have a well constructed manual that guides the expectations of your team’s performance. If you haven’t developed one, have a half finished manual, or have an old one that might be out of date, here are some tips to get you back in the game.

Are we innovative in allied health?

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  • Monday, 04 May 2015 13:51
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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.

My little idea: to help allied health businesses grow

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  • Monday, 20 April 2015 08:17
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About three years ago I went home from work and announced to my husband this crazy idea to run a service that taught good quality business and clinical education to allied health professionals that was modern, accessible to all, and Australian! As he regularly does, my husband saw my passion and told me to ‘go for it’.

Born was Maida Learning! But… I needed a launching pad, and decided whilst trying to continue to see patients, develop webinars, manage a team and be a mother, I would make myself even more crazy and run a conference! How hard could it be?!

The NDIS: what does it mean for my practice?

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  • Wednesday, 01 April 2015 16:16
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This week, our Team Member Yvette has been chatting with the national office of the National Disability Insurance Agency to sort out the nuts & bolts of what the National Disability Insurance Scheme means for us as allied health practitioners, and our clients.

Networking is not a nasty word

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  • Friday, 06 March 2015 11:06
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Networking. You would be surprised how many people say they dislike it. But why? Bad experiences? Maybe. Let's explore the concept of networking a bit more and find out why it's important.

How to check if you are paying staff enough

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  • Tuesday, 17 February 2015 08:01
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When we employ staff, once you have been through the orientation process and probation period, it can be often then forgotten to regularly check during their employment that you still have them on the right wage.  Have you thought about additional factors such as a uniform allowance, or travel money?  In Australia, we are governed by the Fair Work Act when it comes to hiring and managing our employees.  What does the Fair Work Act say about pays for allied health professionals?

But wait..planning is not enough

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  • Tuesday, 10 February 2015 00:00
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Everyone knows the old phrase "To fail to plan, is planning to fail", and there are numerous resources and articles out there that can guide you in the planning process and help you formulate a plan for any aspect of your business. There is, however an important step that many people overlook in implementing their plan, meaning their carefully created plan can sit for months without any action!

Be prepared with Google Alerts!

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  • Monday, 26 January 2015 16:21
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Ever wanted to monitor the internet for specific information so you can keep up to date on a particular topic? For anyone who wants to keep check of reviews about your practice, check your online popularity, or keep up to date with a current trend or search an event or competition, then a solution for you is Google Alerts. What is it?

Are your staff learning the right way?

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  • Tuesday, 20 January 2015 06:46
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In this modern world where technology can give us so many options, we are pushed to be more knowledgeable in our fields, and are questioned by our customers more than ever before.  As business owners, we must ensure we have a well trained team, who are confident, capable and content.  Happy staff make for happy patients in my opinion.  The trick to ensuring effective staff training is to know how your team learn.

How to keep your practice ticking when you are not there

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  • Friday, 19 December 2014 09:50
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The holiday period is a great time to consider if you have the right systems in check at your workplace.  If you are having leave, or your key staff members are on leave, ask yourself if the practice can run just as efficiently without you there.  Systems mean that we can develop consistency into our practices, but they also add value and are a great starting point for training new staff.  Not exactly sure what a system is?

A must read if you work Rural / Remote!

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  • Tuesday, 18 November 2014 07:59
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From our Team Member Yvette Howe who attended the 6th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium, this interview with Annemaree Wilson, Senior Clinical Psychologist with CRANAplus Bush Support Services.

My 3 Favourite Apps for 2014

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  • Wednesday, 12 November 2014 17:58
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How wonderful it is to have technology at our fingertips, but how often do we get lost in which apps and websites are best for our business vision, and how to align them so they are not time consuming to launch into?  Last night we heard from Megan Iemma in our webinar on being tech savvy in private practice, and she definitely highlighted that being savvy is not just about choosing the right platforms, it is also about how we use the analytics behind the scenes to achieve the best results, and the tips for making each platform manageable from a time efficiency point of view.   I wanted to share the following apps with you all as they have saved me time and increased my work organisation dramatically over the last twelve months.

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