AHPA and its members are committed to supporting improved health outcomes and to reducing the inequity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Allied health professionals are diverse and work across many sectors including education, community services, justice, aged care, disability and health. Allied health professionals work throughout Australia and can play a key role in achieving positive health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
AHPA’s commitment to achieving better health and wellbeing outcomes has been formalised with the signing of a Statement of Intent in conjunction with Indigenous Allied Health Australia. Each of our 22 allied health member associations and seven friend associations have made a commitment to building and strengthening the allied health workforce to meet the complex healthcare needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This includes increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participating in the allied health workforce and strengthening the cultural responsiveness of all allied health students and graduates.
If you are interested in finding out more about culturally responsive practice or would like information about allied health careers for First Australians, please visit the Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) website. IAHA provides a range of events and useful resources to assist practitioners and practices including the Cultural Responsiveness in Action Framework and the IAHA Mentoring Program.