Published 28 May 2019, revised 29 May 2019
Allied Health Professions Australia congratulates the federal Coalition on its election victory. AHPA looks forward to continuing engagement with returning ministers Greg Hunt (Health) and Darren Chester (Veterans Affairs). We look forward to working with those ministers new to portfolios of importance to allied health practitioners and their clients; Stuart Robert (NDIS), Richard Colbeck (Aged Care and Seniors) and Mark Coulton (Regional Services, Decentralisation and Local Government). AHPA will continue to highlight the importance of allied health services to the health and well being of Australians. Allied health professionals make up one third of the health workforce, are the key professional workforce in disability services and have vital roles in supporting and treating our veterans; in providing mental health and aged care services; and also work in education, family and community services, justice health and more. Unfortunately for many of the most disadvantaged in our society, including those in rural, remote and indigenous communities, equitable access to allied health services remains limited at best. There may be universal access to medical care but we are a long way from universal access to health care. We will work with the government, consumers and other stakeholders to address this.
This diverse workforce needs coordination and planning at the highest level so we again call on the government to establish the position of a Chief Allied Health Advisor with statutory powers to drive this and to demonstrate that allied health is valued as it should be along with our medical and nursing colleagues.