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Leading health reform: A critical review of 'leadership' within allied health competency standards

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Dalton, L ORCID: 0000-0003-4470-5814, Butler-Henderson, K ORCID: 0000-0002-6082-2108, Newstead, T ORCID: 0000-0003-4678-7593 and Quinn, W ORCID: 0000-0002-9760-5270 2020 , 'Leading health reform: A critical review of 'leadership' within allied health competency standards' , Australian Health Review .

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Abstract

Objective: To examine if, when, and how select allied health professional standards currently articulate the Health LEADS Australia themes. Methods: Eighteen allied health professional standards were searched to locate references to leadership. Data were extracted and inductively, deductively and thematically analysed as a meta-synthesis. Frequencies were counted, with sub-analysis by professional area, classification level, competency type, and Blooms (1) level. Results: There were 953 direct and indirect leadership statements. Only 2 leadership definitions were located: pharmacists and dentists. The principal theme Leadership only appeared as 18 (2%) of the total data set that made direct references to leadership, which were mostly vague and unclear. The remaining indirect references to leadership are reported as four overarching themes: Self leadership (289,31%); Leadership with and of others (263, 29%); Improvement and change leadership (223, 24%) and Health reform leadership (139, 18%). Conclusions: Health leadership is not easily recognisable in the examined allied health practice standards. With some refinement they could play a critical role in preparing future allied health graduates to support ongoing health system reform needed to improve public health.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Dalton, L and Butler-Henderson, K and Newstead, T and Quinn, W
Keywords: education and training, governance, health policy, health services management, workforce
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Health Review
Publisher: C S I R O Publishing
ISSN: 0156-5788
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