What has the PHN been doing to support Allied Health in our region? Download our summary flyer.
The PHN is working to enhance awareness of the critical role Allied Health plays in primary healthcare, helping people to lead healthier lives
What is Allied Health?
The definition used by the Australian Government and Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) both concur there is no universally accepted definition of allied health, yet there are some basic principles that are agreed on. Allied health professionals use evidence-based practices to prevent, diagnose and treat various conditions and illnesses. They often work in multidisciplinary health teams to provide specialised support to suit an individual’s needs.
Generally, the Australian Government recognises allied health professions that meet the following criteria:
- All practising professionals have a university level qualification of Australian Qualification Framework level 7 or higher in a recognised allied health field, that is accredited by their relevant national accreditation body.
- A national professional organisation with clearly defined membership criteria.
- Clear national entry level competency standards and assessment processes.
- Autonomy of practice and a defined scope of practice.
Why we support allied health?
Allied health is the second-largest clinical workforce in Australia and demand for allied health over the next decade is expected to continue to grow, especially in rural areas. Allied Health plays a critical role in primary healthcare in helping people to lead healthier lives – and if they become unwell to receive the right care in the right place at the right time.
PHN Allied Health initiatives
We offer, and connect allied health with education, training, and networking events.
We set up an Allied Health Reference Group (AHRG) who provide multidisciplinary input and advice to guide the implementation of the AHS.
The aim of PAHS is to improve the health and wellbeing of people across our region by increasing access to a range of primary and allied health services and activities.
The #WeCareTogether conference provided an opportunity for collaboration and sharing learnings with others from the allied health sector to improve patient outcomes.
To support primary health care services, the PHN has developed the Health-e Together Digital Care Program, which includes the following:
Allied Health in Primary Care Engagement Framework
A new framework developed to strengthen engagement between the Primary Health Networks and the Allied Health sector has been launched by the National PHN Cooperative. The National PHN Allied Health in Primary Care Engagement Framework (The Framework) will serve as a roadmap for increased and collaborative ways of working.
Allied Health Peak Bodies and practitioners, State/Territory and Federal government and PHNs have all played a crucial role in shaping the development of the Framework over the past year. This input has been invaluable in informing future engagement strategies to support allied health contributions to consumer and community outcomes.
Allied Health Resources
Latest allied health news
October 25 2023
Stronger Together - Allied Health Professionals Unite in Celebration of Allied Health Professions Day
In celebration of Allied Health Professions Day, the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) hosted a series of Allied Health breakfasts throughout October.
October 19 2023
This OT Week the PHN is celebrating the World Federation of Occupational Therapists’ theme: Unity Through Community.
October 04 2023
This year’s Podiatry Week theme, 'Podiatry, more than you think', highlights the diverse opportunities within the podiatry field. The PHN recently spoke with three of our region’s highly regarded Podiatrists.
September 21 2023
September 25, 2023; Following a momentous year of change, challenge and opportunity, World Pharmacists Day is a chance to reflect on the pharmacy profession, what has been achieved and what is to come.
Want to know more?
Email the PHN allied health team. We are here to support Allied Health professionals.