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There is an ongoing need to explore and evaluate recruitment and selection practices to ensure we are performing in line with best practice and continually improving our efforts.
Recruitment and selection offers organisations the first opportunity to embed its values and influence its success. An allied health workforce oriented to research requires continual organisational growth towards a culture that embraces research as a core feature of improved health and health service delivery.
We conducted semi-structured interviews with 12 recruitment panel members from a range of allied health professions, and across multiple facilities in MSH and also surveyed 23 new recent applicants. A number of themes were identified that reflected the beliefs and values of recruiters which appear to influence the recruitment and selection process, with both recruiters and applicants reporting a number of barriers and suggestions for improvement.
This research provides a first look into the recruitment and selection practices of allied health professionals and also the way in which research is promoted and assessed as part of this process. We are currently exploring opportunities to translate these results into recruitment and selection practice change in Metro South Health to maximise our people potential.
We would like to acknowledge that part of this program of research was conducted by a Provisional Psychologist as part of a Masters of Organisational Psychology degree at The University of Queensland. We also wish to thank the Allied Health Directorate in Metro South Health for supporting this research.