Allied Health Team Leader, Trauma and Orthopaedics, The Alfred, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Melissa has over 20 years of clinical practice in Trauma Physiotherapy at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where she currently works as the Allied Health Team Leader in Trauma and Orthopaedics. Her special interests include chest trauma management, trauma models of care and the role of physiotherapy and allied health within the acute trauma multidisciplinary team. Melissa is passionate about promoting and advocating for the important role that Allied Health play in trauma management and patient recovery.
Early and Intensive Allied Health Model of Care after Serious Injury
Evidence suggests that early and intensive allied health intervention may allow for improved outcomes following hospitalisation. This presentation will outline a 7 day, early and intensive trauma allied health model of care established at The Alfred Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma centre in Melbourne, Australia, and its potential impact on patient care, patient outcomes and system flow.
Practical and logistical aspects of the intensive model of care implementation will be explored in the chest trauma cohort, who were targeted for early and intensive physiotherapy intervention using risk assessment tools and standardised treatment pathways. An example of the data collection and patient and system outcomes that were achieved in this group will be provided, alongside detail of the quality management system and improvement science methodology that was used. Challenges of measuring the impact of allied health interventions will also be discussed.