Standing Committee on Health’s
Inquiry into Chronic Disease Management in Primary Health Care
Allied Health Professions Australia is the peak body representing and advocating for the value and role of allied health professions. The 22 national organisations within AHPA have members working in public, private, not-for-profit, rural and regional services across Australia. In making this submission we wish to commend the profession specific submissions by a number of AHPA’s organisations. This AHPA submission needs to be read in conjunction with the profession specific responses – it is not a compilation or summary of those responses. Our organisations speak for the professions of: Audiologists, Chiropractors, Dietitians, Exercise Physiologists, Genetic Counsellors, Music Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Orthoptists, Orthotist/Prosthetists, Osteopaths, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Perfusionists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Sonographers and Speech Pathologists, as well as for Audiometrists, Diabetes Educators, Diversional Therapists and Practice Managers.
It is estimated that there are approximately 120,000 allied health practitioners, who utilise their specialised knowledge and skills to improve health outcomes, either working autonomously or