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									                          Allied Health Professional Support Project:

                                         Journal Club
What is the Allied Health Professional Support Project?
The Allied Health Professional Support project is an initiative of the Allied Health Workforce Advice
and Coordination Unit and sits within the Allied Health Clinical Governance Framework. It is being
conducted in partnership with the Cunningham Centre and the Allied Health Clinical Education and
Training Unit.

The Project aims to produce a flexible suite of professional support training programs and resources
to allow all Allied Health staff state-wide to maximise their participation in professional support
activities. This suite of resources will form the Queensland Health Allied Health Professional Support
Framework (AHPSF). “Professional support” in this project is used as an umbrella term for activities
which enhance the capacity and competence of a health professional to provide services to their
clients. Journal Club is one such activity.

What is a Journal Club?
Journal Club is a method of professional support and development that focuses particularly on
developing the critical appraisal and evidence-based practice knowledge of a group of professionals.
A journal club employs a structured approach to the critical appraisal of journal articles and related
evidence to answer a clinical question. The group guides the formation of the question and the
sourcing of evidence, although the responsibility for driving this activity may sit with one person, the
Journal Club facilitator, or more commonly be rotated through the membership. Importantly, the
Journal Club addresses questions that are relevant to the practice of the participants and therefore
has potential to positively impact on service delivery capacity. It also develops the critical thinking,
research and clinical reasoning skills of members.

Who would find the Journal Club model useful?
Journal Club is particularly suited to an individual looking to focus their professional support activities
on EBP and knowledge development. Staff with an interest in research or participating in post-
graduate studies may also find Journal Club a valuable experience as they will refine literature
searching, critical appraisal and analysis skills.

At a work unit level, Journal Club is an excellent way to approach service delivery and demand
management from an evidence-based position. The work unit can frame the Journal Club question to
as a guide to best practice and form the basis of procedures and clinical pathway development using
a collaborative, structured process.

What training and resources are under development for the Journal Club component of the
There are already a number of Journal Club and evidence-based practice (EBP) resources and
training programs available in Queensland Health. The AHPSF will bring many of the resources
together into one “journal club guide” to assist accessibility.

The Journal Club Guide aims to provide a short series of resources to guide the development and
implementation of a Journal Club in a work unit that is unfamiliar with this form of professional
To ensure the Professional Support Project is providing the workforce with the appropriate skills,
knowledge and ability to run effective journal clubs, a Pilot Journal Club Project will also be
conducted. The pilot will involve a small number of journal clubs who will receive training and support
from the Centre for Allied Health Evidence. The pilot will be evaluated and recommendations will form
future strategies to provide professional support the Allied Health workforce.

When can I expect to be able to access the AHPSF resources, including Journal Club?
The Journal Club Guide will be available at the Cunningham web site in December 2009.

The pilot of the Journal Club project will be conducted between January and May 2010.

The Allied Health Professional Support Project is an initiative of the
Allied Health Workforce Advice & Coordination in partnership with the Cunningham
Centre and the Allied Health Clinical Education and Training Unit.

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                                                                                     November 2009

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