Gippsland Allied Health Symposium 

11 June 2021 

Invitation to Participate

On behalf of the 2021 Gippsland Allied Health Symposium Organising committee, we invite you to attend the 5th Gippsland Allied Health Online Symposium, which for the first time will be delivered as an online symposium.

The 5th Gippsland Allied Health Symposium will maintain many of the aspects important to you when attending the symposium and will provide opportunities for you to hear from a network of fellow professionals and industry suppliers.

The Gippsland Allied Health Symposium provides an opportunity for participants to share ideas, expertise and experiences around important areas of allied health practice, professional development and research. The focus of this 5th Symposium is Future ready – inspiration, innovation and insight.

We invite you to join us to reflect on what we have learned from 2020 and how those lessons can shape our responses to current and future challenges.

2021 GAHS Chair
Rebecca Durie

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The 2021 symposium will feature four keynote speakers, a selection of concurrent rapid-fire and oral presentations as well as a number of poster presentations. These presentations will be delivered by allied health professionals and allied health assistants from across Gippsland area and will explore the symposium theme of Future Ready – Inspiration, Innovation and Insight.

Provisional program coming soon. Please check this page regularly for updates as planning proceeds.


Susan Nancarrow

Anna Moran 

Tim Blake

Cath Cosgrave

08.15 – 08.30 Platform Orientation
08.30 – 09.00 Speed Networking
09.00 – 09.15

Welcome to the 5th Gippsland Allied Health Symposium

Opening Address

Welcome to Country

09.15 – 10.00

Keynote Speaker | Anna Moran, University of Melbourne and Unplex

The value and impact of non traditional roles in Allied Health for complex clients and complex settings

Anna is an AHP workforce and service redesign expert, business owner, physio, mum of 4, recovering academic and general AHP cheerleader.

Dr Moran completed her PhD in 2009 which looked at the ways to successfully use support workers (or assistants) to increase workforce flexibility and improve patient outcomes in community settings. Since then, she has been working as a health services researcher, most recently for the peak rural Allied Health body, Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), cultivating her expertise in health workforce reform; service delivery and organisation; and evidence generation and translation.

10.30 – 11.15

Keynote Speaker | Susan Nancarrow, Southern Cross University

Learning from the past so we can control our future

Susan is a health and higher education consultant, with twenty years’ international experience in service delivery and organisation and governance.

Susan has held senior executive roles in higher education, including Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Chair of Academic Board and Professor of Health Sciences. She is a non-executive director on the Northern New South Wales Local Health District Board, and Deputy Chair of Aspire4Life and also involved with other not-for-profit community groups.

5 minute screen break 
CONCURRENT SESSION | Oral Presentations
Sponsored by GMobility
Sponsored by Access Rehabilitation Equipment
CHAIR Daniel Baker Pam Harvey Andrew Ellis
11.20 – 11.35

Comparative analysis of paper vs online stuttering severity rating


Amy Tucker, Adrienne Robinson

Development and implementation of the Basic Assessment Model to address long waiting lists in Occupational Therapy at Latrobe Community Health Service


Alyssa Mills,  Laura Telling

Home-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation Pilot – A response to the COVID-19 pandemic


Nicola Smart

11.35 – 11.50

Surface Electromyography: Use in dysphagia rehab


Taylor Chambers

Exploring the skill level of the Occupational Therapy Allied Health Assistant workforce: The need for a competency framework


Megan Rumble

‘Active Hour’ – The benefits of a Community Health exercise program during COVID-19.


Jordan McMillan

11.50 – 12.05 Live Q&A

Powered Mobility Devices inside Residential Aged Care: inspiring occupational therapists to advocate autonomy and mitigate misadventure.


Natalie Dickson

A Change of ‘Heart’: Getting ‘Pumped’ for Telehealth Rehab


Eillis O’Haire

12.05 – 12.20 Live Q&A Live Q&A
CONCURRENT SESSION | Oral Presentations
Sponsored by Monash University
CHAIR Angela Ellis Kristy Dougheney Stephanie King
13.15 – 13.30

Prehabilitation: Implementing a new multidisciplinary program to prepare patients for Total Hip and Knee Replacement surgery.


Sally Wilson

Healthy Eating in the Workplace Partnership East Gippsland


Chelsea Arceri

Effect of dynamic contracture management following Low Load Prolonged Stretch to obtain an increase of ROM.


Flora Versyck

13.30 – 13.45

Reducing the Waitlist for a Rural Public Community Allied Health Department


Sarah Meney

An evaluuation of dietetic service in functional dyspepsia: comparison of low FODMAP with standard dietetic advice.


Christopher Duff

Allied Health Assistants Within a Busy Podiatry Service – A GLCH Perspective


Amanda Hack

13.45 – 14.00

The effectiveness of Total Contact Cast Technique to control infection and treat DFU to prevent late presentation and amputation in a rural and isolated setting. An experience from the Solomon Islands.

Amelia Tobias

At what rate are oral nutritional supplements delivered and what factors may explain non-delivery?


Karen Lee

Thinking outside of the square: Peer Supervision Groups


Beth Shields

14.00 – 14.15 Live Q&A Live Q&A Live Q&A
5 minute screen break 
14.20 – 15.05

Keynote Speaker | Cath Cosgrave, University of New England (adjunct) and Cath Cosgrave Consulting

Learnings from implementing a person-centred and place-based approach to improve the recruitment and retention of the allied health workforce in rural Australia

Dr Cath Cosgrave (PhD, MA, BCom), is a social scientist and qualitative researcher with internationally recognised expertise in the field of rural health workforce and community development. Dr Cosgrave works as a researcher, consultant and speaker. She is currently spearheading a new research agenda into the role ‘place’ and ‘belonging’ play in attracting, recruiting and retaining health professionals to work and live, in rural places.

In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to travel to Canada in 2019 to investigate community-led health workforce development approaches for supporting the personal and social needs of newcomer health workers and their families.

15.30 – 16.15

Keynote Speaker | Tim Blake, Semantic Consulting

Engaged Patients, Digital Health and Mobile Health Apps: Driving Innovation in Healthcare

Tim is the Managing Director of Semantic Consulting, a consulting firm focused on leading digital change in healthcare.  Tim helps organisations with digital health strategy, and is passionate about enabling engaged patients, activating carers, the use of mobile solutions in health, consumer health technology, precision medicine, consumer genomics, pharmacogenomics and many other components of digital health that are disrupting healthcare in positive and exciting ways.

16.15 – 16.30


Best new presenter

Best presenter

Best poster presentation

Portal engagement prize

16.30 – 16.45 Closing address & Symposium Close


Grab and Go: Redesigning a service delivery model for community-based minor home modification practice
Jessica Moller, Ainsleigh Whelan
The QUEST to stay AT Home: Making changes that count and measuring outcomes that matter
Jessica Moller
Dietitians in Hemodialysis
Bridget Ladlow
Cross service student placements: A case study from Podiatry
Daniel Baker
Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Kath Hempenstall, Lynne Olinsky-Jones



Early (Close 30 April 2021) Standard
Allied Health Practitioners $70 $90
Student $40 $60

Registration terms and conditions

Funding may be available for eligible* delegates via RWAV Allied Health and Nursing Education Grant

*This grant is available to allied health and nursing professionals working in a MM2 located private practice or in an independently registered and managed community health service in Victoria. Claim up to $2,000 for education and/or professional and skill development activities that are relevant to the health needs of your community.  For more information including online application see


The Gippsland Allied Health Symposium seeks to provide opportunities for:

  • Promote flexibility, innovation and sustainability in regional allied health service delivery
  • Promote research by rural and regional allied health professionals
  • Showcase best practice and innovative solutions that could be applied elsewhere
    regionally and/or across disciplines
  • Promote continuing education and professional development activities to support rural
    and regional allied health practice
  • Promote networking, collaboration and inter-professional learning across the Gippsland
    health and human services workforce

Who Should Attend:

  • Rural / Regional Public and Private Allied Health Workforce
  • Allied Health Students
  • Public Servants / Policy Makers
  • Health Academics / Researchers
  • Tertiary Education Sector
  • Other interested clinicians welcome

Allied health practitioners, including allied health professionals, allied health assistants and allied health students. This includes allied health in the areas of public health, private practice, education and disability. Any other interested clinicians are welcome!

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