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.
Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is a collegiate body consisting of 20 national allied health associations members and a further ten affiliate members. AHPA collectively represents some 130,000 allied health professionals who provide services within health in all settings, NDIS, DVA, education, justice, community services sectors and more in Australia.
AHPA’s governance structure ensures that it is able to engage in effective consultation with its member associations and that AHPA’s work has broad input from allied health professionals working across Australia.
The AHPA Board recently met to develop a new strategic plan for the organisation that will guide our activities and focus. Rather than being developed for a set period of time, the strategic plan has been developed as a living document that will be updated regularly as we achieve success in our goals and aspirations and in reaction to external changes.