• Physio’s relatively new in ED
• Variety of models of care
• Physio services have been shown to have a
good effect on patient satisfaction
(Bethel, 2005), (Anaf & Sheppard, 2007), (Kempson, 1996), (Lau et al, 2008)
• Physio’s do manage MS injuries differently
to doctors and nurses (Ball et al, 2007)
• Physio’s target areas that would normally
impede discharge (Anaf et al, 2007)
• Physio services have had a positive effect
on waiting times
(Bethel, 2005), (Anaf & Sheppard, 2007), (Morris & Hawes, 1996)
• Position funded by UDRH & RCS
– Provide clinical service to Tamworth Hospital
– Provide opportunities for clinical education for
physiotherapy, medical, nursing and
– Provide academic contribution to the UDRH &
• Commenced in April 2009
– 5 physio students completed ED clinical units.
– Informal education of medical and nursing
– Tutorials on management of MS conditions
and paediatrics to medical and physio
– Inservices to medical and nursing staff in ED
Soft Tissue Fractures Other
C/Spine T/Sp L/Sp Lower Limb Upper Limb Other
• 626 occasions of
• 64% patients primary
• 48% patients managed
by a student under
• Physio students gain experience treating
conditions in a acute form.
• Physio students gain experience working in the
ED model of care.
• Physio students gain
experience in fracture
• All students have reported being satisfied or very
satisfied overall with the placement.
• All student reported now considering working in
a rural area upon graduation.
• Students reported difficulty with travelling costs
and being away from sports & work during
• Medical students taught clinical reasoning for
• Medical students taught taping, plastering and
• Medical and physio students often work together
• Assess patient satisfaction and waiting times.
• Further education for medical & nursing staff in ED.
• Funding application for IPL unit in ED.
• RCT on ankle sprain treatment.
• Expand role with med, nursing and radiography
• Plan for physio student to spend a whole year in
Tamworth which would include an ED placement
• Allied health practitioners can make significant
contribution to patient care and the overall
functioning of an emergency department.
• In order to satisfy the demands for student
placements innovative methods of clinical
placement delivery must be utilised.
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