Allied Health Professionals Day - 14th October

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Monica Logan | 29/09/2020

 

October 14th is International Allied Health Professionals Day

This October 14th is Allied Health Professionals Day. Allied Health Professionals Day first started in 2018 by two clinicians in the UK to celebrate who allied health professionals are, what they do, and why they are valuable to the community.

Registered Music Therapists (RMTs) are part of Australia’s 195,000+ allied health professionals who deliver an estimated 200 million health services annually. Allied Health professionals represent more than a quarter of Australia’s health workforce.

 

What is allied health?

Generally, allied health is a term used to describe a broad range of health services that are not part of the medical, dental or nursing professions. Allied health professionals are university qualified practitioners with who are trained to diagnose, treat and prevent a range of illnesses and conditions. 

Allied health professionals work individually or as part of a multidisciplinary health team. They provide specialised support tailored to the needs to different patients to ensure the best patient outcomes. Music therapists often work in multidisciplinary teams with speech therapists, occupational therapists and/or psychologists.

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA), is the peak national organisation for allied health professions. AHPA has defined an allied health profession as one which has:

  • a direct patient care role and may have application to broader public health outcomes
  • a national professional organisation with a code of ethics/conduct and clearly defined membership requirements
  • university health sciences courses (not medical, dental or nursing) at AQF Level 7 or higher, accredited by their relevant national accreditation body
  • clearly articulated national entry level competency standards and assessment procedures 
  • a defined core scope of practice
  • robust and enforceable regulatory mechanisms.

Furthermore, the profession must consist of allied health professionals who:

  • are autonomous practitioners
  • practice in an evidence-based paradigm, using an internationally recognised body of knowledge to protect, restore and maintain optimal physical, sensory, psychological, cognitive, social and cultural function
  • may utilise or supervise assistants, technicians and support workers.

 

Some common allied health professions include:

•    Audiologists
•    Chiropractors
•    Dietitians
•    Exercise physiologists
•    Counsellors
•    Nutritionists
•    Occupational therapists
•    Optometrists
•    Osteopaths
•    Pharmacists
•    Physiotherapists
•    Podiatrists
•    Psychologists
•    Social workers
•    Sonographers
•    Speech pathologists, and of course
•    Music therapists

 

Where allied health professionals work

Allied health professionals work in a variety of settings including:
•    Hospitals
•    Community health centres
•    Mental health services
•    Palliative care
•    Aged care centres
•    Schools, and 
•    Private practice

 

Allied health professionals work with patients of all ages, backgrounds and needs

Allied health professionals like music therapists who provide essential care for people of all ages including children, older people, people with chronic illnesses or mental ill-health, and those experiencing disability.

In this video Registered Music Therapists talk about their work

Thank you to all allied health professionals

The AMTA would like to celebrate and thank Australia’s allied health professionals who for their incredible contribution to the community. This year has been particularly challenging with COVID-19 and the direct and indirect health issues facing our community. We’d especially like to acknowledge our Registered Music Therapists for their expertise, passion and commitment to the profession and improving the lives of everyday Australians.