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Issues affecting therapist workforce and service delivery in the disability sector in rural and remote New South Wales, Australia: perspectives of policymakers, managers and senior therapists

Veitch, C., Dew, A., Bulkeley, K., Lincoln, M., Bundy, A., Gallego, G.

Academic Literature

2012

This article reports the findings of a qualitative study of therapist workforce and service delivery in the disability sector in rural and remote New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The aim was to investigate issues of importance to policy-makers, managers and therapists providing services to people with disabilities in rural and remote areas. Interviews were conducted with professionals from various sectors. Although commitment to providing best practice services was universal, policy-related information transfer between organisations and employees was inconsistent. Participants raised some workforce and service delivery issues that are similar to those reported in the rural health literature but rarely in the context of allied health and disability services. Relatively recent innovations such as therapy assistants, information technology, and trans-disciplinary approaches, were raised as important service delivery considerations within the region.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Rural & Remote Health

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Sector development and sustainability

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