Assisting role redesign: a qualitative evaluation of the implementation of a podiatry assistant role to a community health setting utilising a traineeship approach Anna M Moran, Susan A Nancarrow, Leah Wiseman, Kerryn Maher, Rosalie A Boyce, Alan M Borthwick and Karen Murphy Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2012, 5:30 doi:10.1186/1757-1146-5-30 Quote: Background Increasing demands for podiatry combined with workforce shortages due to attrition, part-time working practices and rural healthcare shortages means that in some geographic areas in Australia there are insufficient professionals to meet service demand. Although podiatry assistants have been introduced to help relieve workforce shortages there has been little evaluation of their impact on patient, staff and/or service outcomes. This research explores the processes and outcomes of a ‘trainee’ approach to introducing a podiatry assistant (PA) role to a community setting in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government Health Service Directorate.
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Evaluation of a podiatry assistant program