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Calling all allied health practice owners feeling in a bit of rut. Things not going your way, feeling a bit helpless in your quest for the balance, or just tired.  Following on from our previous post, we want to keep sharing tips and resources for managing your mental health as a practice owner.  Private practice can be a lot of fun, and I get so much satisfaction and joy from my team and my clients.  But… it is not without stress as well. There are lots of ebbs and flows in our private practice world. Some of these are within our control and some are not.  Today, I share three online programs that can assist your mental health this month….

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Trello is an online organisation tool that I came across a few years ago and it has developed into one of my favourite tools to help me stay productive and on track. Some of you already know I moved to Tasmania in January of 2017 and now have practices in different states. That is itself challenging but also very rewarding. Using Trello to track progress in each practice, communicate with staff and keep my to-do list moving, gives me greater to do the things I love.

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When I was on a short holiday last week I thought to myself, it is definitely harder to manage a business social media presence when you are not in the office! I found it harder to get good images and harder to think of great content. I don’t know if you find this or if you just have days when you need some more inspiration for social media posts? Today, I share with you 4 fantastic apps that will invigorate your social media posting!

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Have you heard the saying, ‘A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way’ (Swahili Proverb)?  This is very true.  In business we must remember that not only are our customers important but so are the relationships within a workplace.  If you want to stay happy and ahead of the competition, you need a team of workers who can perform at an optimum level… together!  In the day to day running of a practice, it can be hard to keep up with everything, particularly keeping employees motivated and engaged in their work.  Online tools can be a great way to manage a busy practice.  The tricky part is choosing which ones are right for you and your team.

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Last week we looked at organic search results and completed a little activity for our own practice websites. Today, we look a little closer at the simple things you can work on, or discuss with your website administrator to boost the performance of your website.

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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?

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Do you have a website for your practice? How does it perform compared with other sites when clients (or prospective clients) search for it? Have you googled your own practice lately?

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Welcome to our new website for Maida learning. We have been working very hard to provide a new resource for allied health professionals.  

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There is not a great deal of point in spending time writing your goals if you are not prepared to then spend time facilitating their achievement during the year. It is important to set some habits around goal achievement and also give yourself some motivation for this.

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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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Each year, I like to share my favourite mobile apps. I don’t like to have too many apps on my devices as I get a little lost and forget about some of them but there are a few that I use frequently. Apps are a great way to keep organised on the run. I often split my work between home and my clinic rooms so it is vital for me to have a system where I can access items at home at work and when out and about on the road or when travelling.

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Here at Maida Learning, we love learning about new things in the allied health space – including new technology that can innovate and enhance the way we deliver our services and run our businesses.

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Ever been on a student placement yourself that didn’t really provide a lot of stimulation? Do not worry, some still exist!  A few weeks ago, I attended the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators conference.  Mouthful – let’s call it ANZAHPE for short.  There was a lot of talk about new ways of teaching, so I thought I would share a technology tool that can help you create innovative learning experiences for students that come through your clinic or workplace.

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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".

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A great way to keep up to date with news and changes that affect your practice is to subscribe to automatic email updates. We have put together a list of a few essential ones for you - even if you are a practitioner employed within a practice, the following sites can still be useful for you to keep your knowledge current.

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I often get asked which patient software program is best, and my answer is often always the same. There is no one great program that suits all allied health practices. The choice will depend on what you need it to do and what architecture you are running on – Do you have a server? Do you have just one computer? Do you want it to be mobile (taken and accessed on the road with you)? I suggest to practitioners to look around and ask the program suppliers these questions as a starting point:

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