About AHPA

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is the recognised national voice for allied health professions, representing and advocating for the role of allied health professionals in health, aged care, disability, education and all systems where allied health services have a role.

Allied health professions provide crucial support for people experiencing disability, chronic illness and a wide range of other health issues. Allied health professionals represent almost a third of the country’s health care workforce and deliver over 200 million health services annually. However, access to allied health services still lags behind medical care. Only by ensuring that allied health services are fully integrated into our health system, and accessible across the country, will we ensure that we are delivering world class support for every Australian.

AHPA works to provide national leadership that shapes and supports the contribution made by allied health professionals to national health and wellbeing. As the peak national organisation for allied health professions, AHPA has an important strategic leadership role and is the body that the Federal Government and other national organisations turn to when they seek a collective view of allied health.

Our membership

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is a collegiate body consisting of 27 national allied health associations members and a further 13 affiliate members.  AHPA collectively represents some 165,000+ allied health professionals who provide services across a range of health settings, as well as disability, aged care, education, justice, community services and more in Australia. 

Our governance structure

AHPA’s governance structure and constitution ensure that, as an organisation, we are able to engage in effective consultation with our member associations and that AHPA’s work has broad input from allied health professionals working across Australia.

Our work

AHPA’s strategic plan sets out the priorities and goals that guide our activities and focus. This document will be regularly reviewed by the AHPA Board and updated to reflect changes as we achieve our goals, and in response to external factors.

Our Year in Review 2022 presents AHPA’s activities and achievements in key work areas during the 2022 calendar year. You can find out more about our ongoing work in Advocacy and Projects.