Free NDIS training for allied health professionals

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is pleased to present the Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for Allied Health Professions course, which has been developed by AHPA and its member associations to provide a detailed introduction to the NDIS for allied health professionals. The course consists of four modules covering a range of topics related to delivering services under the NDIS. Access to the training is free for any allied health practitioner for the remainder of 2017.

To access the training and for more information, please view the flyer. We also recommend referring to the registration guide if you are access the training for the first time.

AHPA Digital Health Webinars

The AHPA Digital Health webinar series is continuing with the third webinar available for registration below and the second webinar now available to view. You can access both webinars one and two here. Those webinars focused on introducing practice software and a closer look at using contacts and referrals as well as secure messaging.

We've also developed a range of resources to assist you, including the allied health practice software spreadsheet which provides an overview of many of the current options available to you. We are currently reviewing your questions and feedback from the webinar and your emails and will make an FAQ available shortly.

You can now register for Webinar 3: Clinical Notes and Information Sharing. Webinar 3 will be held on 25 July 2017 at 7.30pm EST. The webinar will provide a detailed look at how practice software can help you take and maintain clinical notes in your practice. Webinar 3 will be followed by a final webinar in August:

Webinar 4: Digital Health 24 August 2017 7.30pm EST

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

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)