About AHPA

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is the recognised national peak body representing and advocating for the role of allied health professions in Australia. AHPA works to represent the interests of the allied health sector with the Federal Government and to provide a vehicle for liaison and discussion between the professions themselves.

AHPA’s membership includes 22 national organisations representing allied health professionals who have a role in the private and public health sectors. AHPA membership is open to other associations who represent an allied health profession and are interested in working with other allied health professionals on national issues. AHPA is also formally allied with a number of organisational friends representing professions who are national health associations with similar objectives.

AHPA’s association members collectively represent over 95,000 allied health professionals and work on behalf of approximately 165,000 allied practitioners active in Australia. Each AHPA member has internal systems and networks for liaising with its members, ensuring that AHPA has input from allied health professionals right across Australia who together provide a vast wealth of expertise.

Strategic Leadership .......

As the peak national organisation, AHPA has an important strategic leadership role.  It is the body that the Federal Government and other national bodies turn to when they seek the collective views of allied health.

........ and Health Care Reform

The Federal Government has embarked on a program of substantial reform with the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Agency and the introduction of the Primary Health Networks, and its work on major eHealth projects such as the My Health Record system.

AHPA believes that it is vital that allied health professionals have the opportunity to work alongside the medical and nursing communities to help shape and implement the health care system of the future. 

As allied health professionals represent 20% of the country's health care workforce and deliver over 200 million health services annually, their extensive expertise, knowledge of and experience needs to be closely integrated into the design and delivery of effective health services. Doing so will ensure that Australia has an integrated, comprehensive health care system which delivers world class health care.