MORE allied health graduates will be conducting research at Bendigo Health as the organisation pushes to become a leading teaching hospital for these fields.
The organisation has launched two new research projects, one for graduate allied health staff and one for experienced clinicians, to aid continued learning.
It comes after the number of allied health staff at Bendigo Health grew by a third in recent years.
Chair Bob Cameron said Bendigo Health aimed to become the leading allied health teaching hospital in Victoria, making it vital to build more research into its programs.
Mr Cameron said the research programs would also give experienced practitioners the chance to do more research.
He said an increase in acute care at the hospital meant more patients needing rehabilitation, making it important to build up the hospital's allied health team.
Mr Cameron said Bendigo Health hoped to instill an attitude of lifetime learning into graduates through the research program, which would ultimately benefit patients.
He said the research would range in fields from occupational therapists, to physiotherapists, dietitians and speech therapists.
"We want to make sure we're bringing about improvements to the general population with the way they're able to get back up again, get moving and get to work," Mr Cameron said.
Physiotherapist Josh Powell conducted a research project with his supervisor during 2020, examining whether lying on their stomach helped COVID-19 patients.
Mr Powell said results were mixed, with the stomach position helping some but not helping others.
He said as a physiotherapist he took research and improvement as a priority, so patients received the best care.
Mr Cameron said Bendigo Health was now the biggest allied health hospital outside the Melbourne and Geelong metropolitan areas, after its staff in these fields rose from 300 to 400 in recent years.
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