Our working groups consist of key staff and practitioner representatives from member associations with particular expertise in the subject matter area of key priority areas for advocacy. AHPA working groups support development of submissions, position statements and advocacy campaigns.
The CEO’s and senior policy officers of all member associations meet regularly to canvas issues of interest or concern and help to shape advocacy priorities, raise issues for urgent attention.
Allied health professionals are key providers of services for people with disability. The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has had a significant impact both on allied health services providers and their clients. The working group advises AHPA on its advocacy work to ensure all people with a disability have equitable access to necessary allied health services.
Access to allied health services is important for ensuring the overall health and wellbeing of older Australians, and for preventing their hospitalisation and health deterioration. The group advises AHPA on its advocacy for aged care funding reform, enhances understanding of the interface between aged care and other areas (e.g. health, disability), and has supported development of AHPA’s submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
AHPA works to provide national leadership and advocacy that shapes and supports the contribution made by multiply allied health professionals to those experiencing mental ill health.
AHPA’s member organisations currently have over 14,000 professional members practising in regional, rural and remote areas. The group facilitates AHPA’s membership of the National Rural Health Alliance and provides feedback to staff as required.