Pathways to success: The role of mentors in developing emerging researchers in Allied Health

Professor Michal Schneider

Director of Research and Deputy Head of Department and newly appointed Allied Health Research and Translation Program Director for the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.

Abstract:

Evidence-based practice (EPB) is the foundation of modern, high-quality health care. Although EPB is embedded in all medical and allied health curricula today, implementing EPB and research into day-to-day clinical practice remains a challenge across most allied health disciplines. Poor research cultures, lack of appropriately qualified staff, poor professional career pathways for research active staff and lack of resources and dedicated research time are just a few of the hurdles that have been identified in the literature. Active changes to assist the implementation of EPB and research are required on several organisational levels, however, the role of mentors has been acknowledged as pivotal for success. Using the Allied Health Research Framework, recently established by the Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria) as an example, this presentation will explore the role of mentor-mentee relationships in creating successful and sustainable research pathways in the delivery of evidence-based allied health care.

Biography:

Professor Michal Schneider works at the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. She is the Director of Research and Deputy Head of Department and newly appointed Allied Health Research and Translation Program Director for the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.