Election response: Albanese’s commitment to a fair Australia must include fair access to allied health

Published 25 May 2022

Allied Health Professions Australia welcomes Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s victory speech commitment to an equal and fair Australia. Mr Albanese said ‘I want Australia to continue to be a country that no matter where you live, who you worship, who you love or what your last name is, that places no restrictions on your journey in life.’

AHPA CEO Claire Hewat says that as part of this commitment, the incoming Labor Government must work to fully recognise the role allied health can play in collaborative, needs-based, health, care and support systems, and enable
fair access to allied health services.

‘Allied health is a natural fit within care systems that aim to treat the whole person and understands their specific needs. It also makes sense within an approach that prioritises early intervention and prevention across all sectors,
rather than perpetuating costly emergency and hospital care further down the track.’

AHPA looks forward to working with the new Government to translate their pre-election commitments into equitable access and fairness, including in primary care, residential aged care and the NDIS.

Our full election response is available here.