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Clinical Advisors & Subject Matter Experts - Frequently Asked Questions

What are Clinical Advisory Panels?

The SWEP Clinical Advisory Panels consist of Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts who are recognised leaders in their clinical field and a critical component of the clinical governance for SWEP.

The Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts support the function of the Chief Allied Health Officer, SWEP by providing a panel of expert advice for each category of assistive technology or key components of professional governance.

How are Clinical Advisors appointed?

SWEP advertise via an Expression of Interest for Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts to apply to be on the Clinical Advisory Panel.  

Applications are received and panel members are appointed after a rigorous selection process. This includes weighted scoring and evidence of years of experience in prescribing, contributions to the field, research and publications, continuing professional development etc.

Advisors are contracted to SWEP for a two year period and opportunities will continue to exist in the future for new/additional panel members.

What are the roles and responsibilities of Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts?

Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts are contracted to SWEP to support the SWEP Prescriber Registration and Credentialing Framework and includes the following:

  • Provide leadership, clinical expertise and independent advice within their discipline and area of expertise
  • Demonstrate expert clinical skills, knowledge and experience in equipment prescription and the Aids & Equipment Program (A&EP) guidelines for people who are frail aged or for adults or children who have a permanent or long term disability.
  • Ensure SWEP Clinical advice and written material to prescribers is evidence based and in line with best practice
  • Contribute to the development of relevant educational and support material for SWEP prescribers
  • Where required participate in the delivery of education
  • Provide support and mentoring to prescribers
  • Participate in Clinical Advisor meetings as required to monitor progress of the program; consider gaps in program delivery; review and revise where appropriate systems and process supporting the roles
  • Work collaboratively with other clinical advisors and subject matter experts
  • Maintain collaborative working relationships with external professional organisations and teaching bodies
  • Have demonstrated capacity to develop, implement and participate in clinical auditing, script reviews and standards monitoring to improve client outcomes

Who are the Clinical Advisors and what are their areas of clinical expertise?

Click here to view our Clinical Advisory Panel and Subject Matter Experts

Will the Clinical Advisors consult with prescribers?

Clinical Advisory Panels will not usually consult with individual prescribers unless specifically requested by SWEP.

What do I do if I have an enquiry about the Clinical Advisors or the Subject Matter Experts?

Should you have an enquiry in relation to the either of these please contact Donna Markham, Chief Allied Health Officer, Ballarat Health Services via email at swepcaho@bhs.org.au

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