Ideas for your next staff meeting

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  • Tuesday, 11 October 2016 10:09
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Last week I was asked a really great question by a member - Did I have any ideas about how to freshen up staff planning sessions? It was such a great question I thought I would share some of the ideas we came up with:

Do you have leadership skills?

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  • Tuesday, 04 October 2016 12:08
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Developing your skills as a leader is important in many aspects of health care. Not only does it allow us to have greater success in managing a practice or a service toward a vision, but it allows us also the potential to help our clients who are in need. There are many skills that we can develop as leaders that can also carry over into our performance when assisting clients.

Marketing when shy

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  • Tuesday, 27 September 2016 17:43
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Putting yourself out there and telling the world about your services can be hard – particularly if you are a shy person, or are considered an introvert. Don’t let this stop you though, there are still many ways to market your services quietly without the panic and stress of cold calling and trying to schedule meetings with potential referrers.

5 simple privacy tips for your allied health practice

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  • Tuesday, 20 September 2016 08:42
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In November we will be hosting our 3rd Healthy Practice event in Brisbane and one of the topics will be looking at your Privacy obligations as an allied health practitioner, and how you can ensure you maintain privacy standards in your practice. This is a topic I get asked alot about, and today I thought I would share some of the commonly underestimated areas of risk where breach of privacy can occur in our allied health practices.

Start small to overcome your biggest hurdle

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  • Tuesday, 13 September 2016 11:31
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I often ask allied health practitioners what they feel their biggest daily challenge is, and one of the most frequent replies is not having enough time to get things done. Today I want to share with you how you can start small to manage that big feeling of overwhelm when we are run off our feet with "busyness".

Fraud in your practice

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  • Wednesday, 07 September 2016 11:48
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Yesterday Yvette and I attended the annual Women in Business Spring breakfast here in Wagga Wagga and I was a little shocked at a statistic shared by the guest speaker, the Honorable Michael McCormack, Minister for Small Business. In his address on small business across Australia, he stated that 15% of employees will steal from their workplace – either money, or products; 15% never will, and the remaining 70% might. They are higher fraud statistics than I ever thought.

Your allied health practice competitors

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  • Tuesday, 30 August 2016 11:20
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I always hear a lot of allied health practice owners do two things – opposite things! People seem to either fret about competitors or they are oblivious to any competitors even existing (of course, it is easier to pretend they are not there!). In private practice you cannot avoid competitors. Have you really thought about your competitors? Here are a couple of tips…

Have you got a business plan for your practice?

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  • Wednesday, 24 August 2016 17:32
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Business plans are a written document that outlines what you are aspiring to achieve in your practice and how you might reach those aspirations. To put it very simply – it provides the direction for your practice so you don’t get lost. If you are feeling lost, or haven't looked at your plan for a while, now is a great time to stop and think of where you are going.

Crafting your vision

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  • Tuesday, 16 August 2016 09:37
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When I work with fellow allied health professionals, I often hear people say “I am not sure where I am headed” or that they started a practice and are finding it hard to plan for where they might end up, having never been in practice before. I get that! Sometimes it can be hard to work out where you are going if you have not been in that situation before. But a vision for your practice is really important. How to write a good one? Glad you asked!

Talking about your practice

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  • Monday, 08 August 2016 11:41
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This year I volunteered to be a judge for the local Wagga Wagga Business Chamber Crow Awards. If you ever get a chance to judge an award, make sure you take up the opportunity. This particular experience was fantastic and reading through the entries became addictive. I also volunteered this year to judge the IFSHT inaugural innovation award, which involved participating on an international judging panel. Both experiences were fascinating and I learnt some things that you need to think about!

When not to "fake it till you make it"

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  • Monday, 01 August 2016 12:30
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Recently I was invited to present to the local business chamber Networking for Knowledge (Marketing) group. This is a wonderful group that meets throughout the year to learn about other businesses, their challenges and ideas towards marketing.

My talk started with a tour of our clinical rooms and discussion about the areas of treatment that we offer in our practice. The rest of my presentation was themed around the importance of ongoing learning in business and how we must continue to push our knowledge and understanding of all the aspects that help make us successful in our missions, including marketing. 

4 skills you need to learn before starting a practice

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  • Thursday, 28 July 2016 15:01
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Starting a practice is very rewarding, but it can also be challenging and take up more time that you realised – administration time is one of those forgotten time consuming roles that you will need to devote time to when you start up. Having some good knowledge in basic business skills will help you ensure you hit the ground running and that you are making the most of your time and resources. Here are 4 skills I think are essential when starting up a practice.

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