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.
Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is a collegiate body consisting of 20 national allied health associations members and a further 12 affiliate members. AHPA collectively represents some 130,000 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.
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.
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.