The definition of Allied Health as stated on the Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) website is:
An allied health profession is 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 AFQ 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.
And has 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.