Advocacy priorities

Despite having key roles in areas of reform such as the NDIS, aged care, primary care and preventive health, and rural health, there has been limited consultation of the allied health sector on these issues. Unfortunately, in many areas of care, allied health is often an afterthought.

More proactive consultation of the allied health sector on health reviews and reforms, new models of care and policy development, and workforce development would maximise the effects of such reforms, and provide the community with greater access to multidisciplinary care. Key areas for AHPA advocacy are described below.

Primary care

Allied health professionals play an important role and need to be integral in primary care settings

Aged Care

Allied health professions support older people to maintain and improve their health and independence.

Private health insurance

Ancillary policies are an important means to access allied health services and support the short fall of publicly funded care models.

Telehealth

AHPA supports increased access and implementation of telehealth in allied health settings.

Digital health

AHPA is working with the ADHA to help and support allied health engagement with digital health platforms.

Disability

Accessible and affordable allied health is an important source of support for many Australian's with disability.

Workforce development

AHPA supports the work to develop and allied health workforce that meets the needs of Australia's growing population.

Collection of allied health data

A more complete picture of allied health data and workforce will support future policy development and workforce planning.