We have 103 of them working throughout our region in our Primary & Community Services and another 46 working regionwide in our Mental Health Services. Their disciplines include allied health assistants, allied health clinical educators, exercise physiology, neuropsychology*, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology*, social work and counselling, and speech pathology. They all do a fantastic job and we're blessed to have every one of them.
Every year IAHP Day recognises the valuable work allied health professionals do in health and other sectors. And, of course, this year it also recognises their important contribution to Australians' health and wellbeing throughout the challenges of COVID-19.
'Allied health professionals have been working on the frontline in hospitals in Australia's response to COVID-19 and adapting to new methods of service delivery in primary care. From the ICU to community-based rehabilitation, allied health professionals have an important role to play in physical and mental recovery for COVID-19 survivors. We thank all allied health professionals for the work they are doing in contributing to COVID-19 recovery for individuals and for the ongoing care they are continuing to provide the broader community throughout the pandemic,' says Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA).
Invited by AHPA to speak about what professionally inspires them, 11 of our Primary & Community Services allied health team have put together a really interesting 2.5-minute video. Check it out on our Facebook feed at SWHnews
*Considered to be a part of our allied health complement, our psychologists and neuropsychologist are technically considered 'medical scientists'.