Clinical Supervision as an Evidence Translation Strategy

Dr David Snowdon

Sub-acute Allied Health Research Lead at Peninsula Health


Australian standards recommend that allied health professionals receive clinical supervision to maintain a high quality of care and support them in their professional role. Evidence has shown that clinical supervision can effectively support allied health professionals in their professional role, however the level of effectiveness can vary between the professions. This may influence the capacity of clinical supervision to influence quality of care. Clinical supervision must influence quality of care for it to be truly effective and models of clinical supervision that influence patient care are required. This presentation will explore how clinical supervision can be used to influence allied health professionals’ clinical practice and improve patient outcomes.


David Snowdon is the Sub-acute Allied Health Research Lead at Peninsula Health and recently submitted his PhD thesis on the effectiveness of clinical supervision of allied health professionals. As a qualified Physiotherapist, he has worked in the healthcare sector for approximately 10 years.

David’s research has primarily investigated the effectiveness of clinical supervision in supporting allied health professionals and its effect on patient quality of care. He also has an interest in the translation of evidence into practice. In 2017/18 he was a successful recipient of the Felice Rosemary Lloyd scholarship, which afforded him the opportunity to tour McMaster University in OntClinical ario, Canada and advance his knowledge in teaching evidence-based practice to healthcare professionals.