Allied health professionals are autonomous practitioners who work collaboratively as part of effective teams alongside doctors, nurses and midwives and other professionals to provide holistic person-centred care.
Allied health professionals are qualified to:
- support and enable diagnosis of health conditions
- provide interventions to maintain and optimise the physical, social and mental wellbeing of the community.
Allied Health encompasses more than 42,500 professionals across more than 27 professions in health and community organisations with an important role in the management of chronic disease and improving quality of life.
Allied Health professionals use a consumer-centred approach and have a professional ethos based on a strong culture of evidence-based practice, robust clinical governance and personal accountability for quality improvement and life-long continuing professional development.
Allied Health Career Pathways Blueprint
The Allied health career pathways blueprint provides guidance for individuals, organisations, sectors and government on how to strengthen career development and progression opportunities for allied health professionals at all career stages.
Victorian Allied Health Clinical Supervision Framework
The framework provides guidance to health and community service organisations and to inform the development of processes and protocols which support and enhance allied health clinical supervision, to improve and maintain the quality of patient care and allied health worker wellbeing.
Credentialling, competency and capability framework
The framework guides allied health managers and clinicians in developing structures and processes needed to build an effective allied health workforce.
Allied health graduates
The department provides health services with postgraduate funding to support allied health graduate programs for first-year allied health graduates.
Allied health professions
Allied health is highly complex involving many different professions with specific expertise, training pathways, sectors of practice and governance.
Aboriginal Cadetship program (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health)
A framework for public health services seeking to implement and deliver an effective Aboriginal cadetship program across nursing, midwifery and allied health workforces
Allied health capability framework: disability and complex support needs
The Allied health capability framework: disability and complex support needs guides allied health professionals to work ethically and collaboratively across professions and the service systems.
Allied health research
The department supports a range of allied health research initiatives, including the Victorian Allied Health Research Framework and Allied Health Workforce Research Program.
Leadership in allied health
Allied health professionals, as organisation (and system) ‘connectors’, have a key leadership role to play in delivering on quality and safety, and improving health services’ efficiency and effectiveness.
Allied Health Resource Allocation Decision Tool (ReAD-iT)
The Allied Health Resource Allocation Decision Tool (ReAD-iT) is a principle based decision-making framework to assist allied health managers and clinicians to achieve the most effective service setting, profile and focus of allied health services.
Regional health and human services workforce development
The Department of Health & Human Services promotes and implements allied health recruitment and retention projects across rural and regional Victoria.
Resources for managers
The Allied Health staffing ratios project was undertaken to analysestaffing profiles in Victorian hospitals. Staff ratios for Allied Health inpatients were established for acute and sub-acute beds including Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work and other Allied Health professions.
Reviewed 19 October 2022