An allied health practitioner is a trained professional who works with others in the healthcare team to support a person’s health care. The aim is to support diagnosis, recovery and quality of life. Access to allied health care can increase a person’s mobility, independence and ability to care for themselves. It can also help reduce the risk of complications in chronic conditions or following illness or injury.
All allied health practitioners have completed tertiary (university level) studies. Allied health assistants work under the direction of an allied health therapist to help support a person’s care. The term ‘allied health’ does not apply to medical health professionals such as doctors, surgeons, nurses or dentists.