Become a member

Allied Health Professions Australia is a collegiate body of allied health peak bodies  that work together to collectively represent and advocate for the role of allied health professionals across health and related sectors such as aged care, disability, and mental health.

We believe that by working together, we can more effectively increase awareness of the important contribution of the allied health workforce and address some of the issues affecting the sector. We know that governments and other stakeholders seek a united voice. We encourage applications from allied health organisations that meet the eligibility criteria who are seeking to add their voice to our work.

Benefits of membership

AHPA member organisations receive tangible benefits through their membership.  AHPA works on behalf of its members by engaging directly with government and non-government stakeholders to advocate around shared issues.  AHPA regularly develops submissions and participates in consultations on behalf of the sector, informed by our members.  AHPA also acts as an information sharing house, providing a central access point for information of relevance to our members.

Membership provides formal and informal opportunities for networking and collegial support for CEOs and policy staff. In addition, the roll-out of organisational benefits is underway leveraging off AHPA’s collective buying power and increasing profile.

There are two categories of membership; Ordinary Membership and Affiliate Membership.

*Please note that AHPA membership is not available to individuals.

An Ordinary Member has the right to:

  • receive notices, and attend meetings of the Company;
  • vote (personally or by proxy) or as a proxy for another Ordinary Member at meetings of the Company; and
  • nominate a person to be elected as a Director.

Applying for Ordinary Membership

The AHPA Constitution sets out the eligibility for membership.  To be eligible to apply to become an Ordinary Member, your organisation must:

  • be a national organisation or peak body of an allied health profession with members in at least five Australian States or Territories and its constitution mandates that it acts nationally;
  • represent a single health profession which can be comprised of more than one discipline and at least 75% of the entity’s voting members and all of its new members within the primary discipline hold a recognised tertiary health qualification at a level of at least Australian Qualifications Framework 7 (AQF7) or any equivalent standard or framework which replaces AQF7; and
  • represent members who are recognised to practise in main stream government funded health, disability, education, social and/or other systems or schemes.

Additionally, members of the entity must practise within an evidence-based paradigm.

For more information regarding AHPA membership, please contact us.

An Affiliate Member has the right to receive notices, and attend meetings of the Company.  However, an Affiliate Member is not entitled to vote on any matter relating to the Company and has no right to nominate a person to be elected as a Director.

Applying for Affiliate Membership

The AHPA Constitution sets out the eligibility criteria for membership.  To be eligible to apply to become an Affiliate Member, your organisation must:

  • be incorporated in Australia (national or State/Territory based); and
  • either represent a single or a mixture of allied health professions or therapies; or
  • be an organisation with an interest in working with or supporting allied health.

Organisations which are commercial or for profit entities are not eligible.

For more information regarding AHPA membership, please contact us.

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