Allied health professionals and practice owners now have access to education and professional development specifically for their unique business requirements with the establishment of Maida Learning and its inaugural Healthy Practice Conference being held at Canberra’s Hotel Realm on 16 and 17 May.
Director of Maida Learning, Amy Geach launched the conference and her third business late last year because there was nowhere for allied health professionals and private practice owners to go to education and support specifically aimed at improved their business. Amy Geach is fully qualified hand and occupational therapist who continues to run her private practices, Riverina Hand Therapy and Riverina Kids Therapy in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. In 2012 Riverina Hand Therapy won a Crow Award from the Wagga Wagga Business Chamber and is again a finalist in this year’s Crow Awards.
Amy Geach said she has been overwhelmed by the support of her colleagues across Australia and even New Zealand for her new business venture.
“A couple of years ago I started to provide some courses through my first business Riverina Hand Therapy specifically about hand therapy treatments, as there really wasn’t anywhere offering this type of professional development to therapists at a regional level. Then, as my business grew and I wanted to learn more about how to manage a practice effectively and efficiently. I had to attend courses aimed at doctors and surgeons rather than allied health practitioners. And this is why I decided to start my own education and professional development service providing both clinical and business support that was relevant, modern and accessible to all, no matter the location of your private practice,” says Ms Geach.
The Healthy Practice Conference is the first of several events for Maida Learning, and with expert guest speakers talking on a variety of topics, delegates are bound to get a lot from the conference.
Former AFL player and motivational speaker, Mark Bunn will address delegates at the conference dinner and lead workshops on how to work smarter, not harder. He said remembering the simple things in life are invaluable to your health and happiness.
“Most business people are very busy, but only some are successful. The difference is the clarity of their goals and strategies to get the important things done while eliminating the junk and this is exactly what I will be workshopping with delegates at the conference – how to be smarter about your business decisions without working any harder than you already do,” Mr Bunn said.
“Work-life balance is so important for everyone, and if I can give people some useful tools to help them achieve a happy medium between their business demands and their home life then I’m happy.
“Our greatest wealth is our health and when we look after ourselves first, the rest follows.
“I’m excited to be the guest speaker at the Healthy Practice Conference and I’m pleased to provide all delegates with a copy of my book Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health and a 12-month subscription to my online Health and Life Balance Program,” he said.
Topics presented and workshopped at the Healthy Practice Conference 2014 are varied and focus on private practice business development such as growing a healthcare practice, marketing and branding essentials, financial and risk management, and managing employees.