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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Capricornia Allied Health Partnership (CAHP): a case study of an innovative model of care addressing chronic disease through a regional student-assisted clinic

Kerrie-anne Frakes A F , Sharon Brownie B , Lauren Davies C , Janelle B. Thomas D , Mary-Ellen Miller C and Zephanie Tyack E
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A Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services, Canning St, Rockhampton, Qld 4700, Australia.

B Griffith Health Institute, G40 Griffith Health Centre, Level 8.86 Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Qld 4222, Australia. Email: s.brownie@griffith.edu.au

C Siggins Miller Consultants, PO BOX 1143, Kenmore, Qld 4069, Australia. Email: lauren.davies@sigginsmiller.com.au; mel.miller@sigginsmiller.com.au

D Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Butterfield St, Herston, Qld 4029, Australia. Email: janelle_thomas@health.qld.gov.au

E School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Therapies Annexe Building 84, Level 8, Room 805, St Lucia Campus, The University of Queensland, Qld 4072, Australia. Email: Zephanie.Tyack@health.qld.gov.au

F Corresponding author. Email: Kerrie-anne.frakes@health.qld.gov.au

Australian Health Review 38(5) 483-486 https://doi.org/10.1071/AH13177
Submitted: 16 September 2013  Accepted: 20 May 2014   Published: 7 August 2014

Abstract

Faced with significant health and workforce challenges, the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service commenced an innovative student-assisted clinical model of care ? The Capricornia Allied Health Partnership (CAHP) in 2010. The clinic supports pre-entry allied health student clinical placements to: (1) address service delivery gaps for previously underserved people with chronic disease; (2) facilitate hospital avoidance and early discharge from the local hospital; (3) provide an attractive clinical placement opportunity for allied health students that will potentially lead to future recruitment success, and (4) demonstrate leadership in developing interprofessional skills of future health workforce trainees. This case study details the conceptual background of the initial model, the key features of the clinical placement and service delivery model, and discusses the current and future evaluation of the clinic.


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