Kendra Strong was appointed as the Chief Allied Health Advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services for 12 months from January 2017. Kendra has a Bachelor of Podiatry with First Class Honours from Latrobe University, a Masters in Health Service Administration from Charles Sturt University and is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association. Kendra’s clinical practice interests include diabetes and managing the High Risk Foot. Kendra’s Honours Research examined differences in patient satisfaction and quality of life between two treatment options for offloading diabetic foot ulcers. This research was published in the UK Diabetic Foot Journal in 2010. Kendra also collaborated with a fellow Podiatrist and Arthritis Tasmania to develop the ‘Fit Feet with Arthritis’ educational resource for health professionals in 2004-05. More recently, Kendra has led the changes to the Poisons Act 1971 to enable Podiatry prescribing in Tasmania.
Kendra commenced her career as a Podiatrist at the Royal Hobart Hospital in 2004, and worked in various clinical, project and managerial roles before crossing over to work in the Department on the Tasmanian Health Organisations Act in 2011. Since then, Kendra has worked in policy and government relations and been the Manager, Strategy and Projects for the Deputy Secretary, Corporate, Policy and Regulatory Services, DHHS. Despite her diverse career, Kendra maintains clinical practice by working as a Podiatrist for a Residential Aged Care Facility in Hobart. Kendra co-chairs the Allied Health Professional Symposium steering committee with Dr Elaine Hart.
Paula Hyland was appointed as the inaugural Executive Director of Allied Health for the Tasmanian Health Service in June 2017. Paula has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) and a Masters in Health Science (Speech Pathology) from Sydney University, and a Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management from Edith Cowan University. Paula’s clinical practice interests include rehabilitation, dysphagia, laryngectomy , tracheostomy and teamwork generally. In 2016, Paula led the development of a model of Care for Rehabilitation in Tasmania and associated Business Case. More recently, Paula has led the development and implementation of an in-reach rehabilitation model in small rural hospital.
Paula commenced her career as a Speech Pathologist in North West Tasmanian in 1998, and worked in various clinical, and managerial roles in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. This is the third Allied Health Professional symposium steering committee Paula has been an active member of.
Dr Christine Clifford
Dr Christine Clifford has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years, graduating from the University of London with a PhD in 1983. Since that time she has maintained a balance between academic and clinical work. She has been involved in teaching and research in the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania since 1989. Christine has worked in the area of cancer epidemiology and her current research interests are medical education and understanding patients’ needs in chronic and terminal illness, this includes the needs of the carers. She currently supervises 3 Doctoral Students. Christine maintained a role at the Royal Hobart Hospital providing psychological care to cancer patients and their families until 2013. Christine has also been actively involved in the supervision of postgraduate Clinical Psychology students over many years and has provided both individual and group support to health professionals working in a range of areas. She is regularly asked to provide professional development sessions in the areas of communication skills, end of life issues, breaking bad news and the provision of support to those in distress.
Christine has also maintained strong links with the Cancer Council of Tasmania and the Leukaemia Foundation. Her roles are advisory, as a member of the Clinical Advisory Group of the Cancer Support Centre and previously as a Member of Scientific Advisory Committee of CCT.
Following her career in the Tasmanian state government health system, including 12 years as a senior executive leading statewide services such as mental health , disability, aged care and rehabilitation, Wendy is now engaged in her Encore Career.
Wendy currently coordinates the Master of Leadership (Health and Human Services) within UTAS Post Graduate Programs. She teaches units in Change Management, Governance and Leadership. In addition Wendy has a consultancy business where she specializes in guiding transformational journeys. She also sits on a number of boards.
Along with her Occupational Therapy qualifications, Wendy has a Postgraduate Certificate in Management from Deakin University and a Master of Health Sciences; from Sydney University. Wendy is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management.