Welcome to our second edition of The Allied Health Scholar

  • Kobie Boshoff
  • Steve Milanese
  • Janine Dizon
  • Helen Banwell

Abstract

Welcome to our second edition of The Allied Health Scholar

We are very pleased to provide you with the 2nd edition of The Allied Health Journal and the first volume for 2021. Our vision for this journal is to encourage the dissemination of research evidence to contribute to better health and wellbeing for all through evidence-based allied health care. This journal seeks to help translate evidence into policy and practice.  In this volume, we have articles from allied health, with a focus on 1) Covid-19, 2) children with communication difficulties and 3) adolescent service provision. We have contributions from local and international authors.

In this edition, we are excited to be sharing the work of allied health undergraduate students in developing evidence for practice. Allied health students contribute greatly to our understanding of Evidence Based Practice through the training they undertake to become future evidence-informed practitioners.  Students undertake secondary evidence reviews as part of an Advanced Evidence Based Practice course and we have provided a selection of these reviews for readers, which cover a range of topics.  Readers will notice the Short Evidence-based Reviews of students related to a variety of allied health topics in the childhood and adult client populations including the evidence for the presence of mature pencil grasp for handwriting; the Hanen Program; Aquatic Therapy; Music Therapy; Art Therapy; Sensory Modulation Groups; home-based intervention; Pilates; Cryotherapy, community-based exercise groups and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy.

As we move into 2021, and with the world-wide challenges related to the management of Covid-19, we dedicate this volume to all the Allied Health workers who are playing imperatively important roles with their clients during these times, with some of us needing to step into unfamiliar health and care duties to support the global effort, some amazing new innovative work which have come from this current health challenge including: new interventions with Covid-19 patients; mental health, resilience, well-being and maintenance, as well as the use of technology, to name a few. 

 

Published
2021-02-26
Section
Editorial Commentary