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There are two things that I am a believer in when it comes to running a private practice in the allied health space, and that is being true to yourself and remaining authentic, and the second is standing out and being brave enough to try something different. I don’t like being complacent in practice – it’s important to inject new ideas each year. I have the following 10 ideas to help spark your creativity for the upcoming new year.

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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.

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We headed to Sydney recently to attend the event "Reinventing the Wheel: how to get your innovation seen and monetised" as part of the 2015 Sydney Vivid Festival. The aim of the event was to learn from great minds what makes an innovation commercially attractive and investor ready. It was also the launchpad to announce the SMART 100 highest ranked innovation for 2015, an annual index presented by Anthill Magazine, of which Maida Learning was a finalist!

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We are delighted to announce the 2015 finalists in the Amy Geach Hand Therapy Innovation Award. To read more about the award and the independent judging panel for this year, click here.

The finalists are (in no particular order):

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Innovation can lead to greater education and knowledge for all practitioners, regardless of location and access to supervisors. When it comes down to the nuts and bolts of innovation, the underlying driver of innovation is creative problem-solving. Fostering this creativity in your workplace can have a direct positive impact on productivity and performance. Sharing, then, of these creative ideas further enhances the development of the allied health workforce nationally which is something I am very excited about!

So, what are you going to do to develop and engage innovation in your workplace?

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Last week, I had the wonderful experience of meeting an amazing social worker who put her vision into place at a rehabilitation centre in Northern Tasmania. Hui-Yu is more than a social worker, she is also a mother, and a campaigner for the greater good in healthcare. Yet, she is humble in the process. Part of the quiet revolution in healthcare. We need people like Hui-Yu who are happy to forge ahead with creative problem solving to craft their vision. If you are ever thinking of applying for a grant for your vision, keep reading!

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It’s almost time for the inaugural Amy Geach Hand Therapy Innovation Award for 2014.  This award is a celebration of initiatives in the hand therapy industry that contribute to the development of the profession, through enhancement of patient and service management. Innovation is fantastic in allied health and should be encouraged and rewarded. Innovation refers to the renewing, changing or creating more effective processes, products or ways of doing things. This could include implementing new ideas or creating dynamic products to improve or grow existing services. Innovation is something we are always excited about at Maida Learning, as it can be a catalyst for the growth and success of the allied health professionals in Australia. This award will recognise the diverse ways that hand therapists contribute to the ongoing development of hand therapy nationwide.  Who are our finalists?

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At Maida Learning, we celebrate leadership and innovation in the allied health sector and love to share news with you about great ideas, innovative service delivery and practitioners who are embracing their role and thriving as successful business owners. Welcome to the first case study in our Showcase Series.

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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 sometimes 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 allied health. You definitely do not have to invent things to be innovative!

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