AHPA Digital Health Webinars

AHPA is continuing work with its members to support greater involvement of allied health practitioners in digital health initiatives and to help practices become 'digitally ready'. Throughout 2017 we will be providing a series of webinars designed to help allied health practitioners learn more about allied health practice software and digital systems such as My Health Record. These webinars are free for all allied health professionals.

Please click here to register for Webinar 1: An introduction to allied health practice software. 

Further webinars are planned in June, July and August:

Webinar 2: Contacts and Referrals 19 June 2017 7.30pm EST 
Webinar 3: Clinical note-taking 25 July 2017 7.30pm EST
Webinar 4: Digital Health 24 August 2017 7.30pm EST

Please check back for registration links in the coming weeks.

If you're interested in digital health and the work previously undertaken by AHPA, please also check out our previous newsletters. Click here for the firstsecondthird and fourth editions.

Tenders open for mental health services in South Eastern Melbourne

South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) has just opened the tender process for the delivery of Accessible Psychological Interventions (API) services in one or more Local Government Areas (LGAs) within their catchment. To help health providers understand the process, SEMPHN will be holding an information session on May 11th. Please click here to register. 

The tender process will close at 3pm on June 9th. To register your interest and apply for these tenders, you will need to use SEMPHN's Tenderlink page. A separate submission is required to tender for services in each LGA.

National Allied Health Conference 2017

The 12th National Allied Health Conference will be held in Sydney this year and will run from the 26th to 29th of August. The conference will explore the theme Allied Health: Stronger Together and will highlight the place of allied health in the health
continuum through a number of subthemes including: Responsive Services, Reliable Systems and Resilient Workforce.

To find out more about the conference, please refer to the conference fllyer.

As one of the official sponsors of the event, HESTA will award primary health care awards. To nominate someone, please refer to the awards flyer.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia National Conference 2017

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), the national not for profit, member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation, will hold its 2017 IAHA National Conference at the Rendezvous Scarborough Perth in Western Australia. The conference will run from the 27th-29th November 2017. The conference theme is Care, Cultures and Connection, which reflects three key factors that influence the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Please click here to find out more.

Federal Budget delays indexation of allied health MBS items until 2019/20

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) recently wrote an open letter to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt MP calling for a lifting of the freeze on indexation of allied health Medicare rebates as part of the 2017-18 Federal Budget. While the Federal Government has committed to reintroducing indexation on allied health items, this will only occur in 2019 and 2020. AHPA has written a media release on behalf of our 22 member assocations and the 95,000 practitioners they represent indicating our disappointment and pushing for a review of the government's position.

Please click here to view the media release.

AHPA Newsletter

AHPA has just released its first newsletter for 2017. In this edition we provide updates about digital health as well as our current advocacy work. We've also got an overview of the recent signing of a Statement of Intent event, through which AHPA and its members and friends committed to working with Indigenous Allied Health Australia to close the gap on Indigenous health.

Please click here to access the latest newsletter.

Introducing the National Health Services Directory

AHPA continues to work with Healthdirect Australia and our association members to improve the presence of allied health practitioners in the National Health Services Directory (NHSD). The directory is a key source of information to assist health professionals seeking other health professionals to refer patients to. It also provides an important source of information for people in the community looking for a health service. We encourage you to find out more and to register your practice.

Please click here for an overview of the NHSD or read the AHPA NHSD information sheet.

Allied Health Professions Australia: Representing our Member Organisations

(please find links to our Member Organisations' websites on our Membership page)