Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Allied Health: Leaders in Health Care Reform

Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Allied Health: Leaders in Health Care Reform

Article excerpt

The allied health workforce is currently in a very exciting and unique position to demonstrate leadership in health care and health workforce reform. Much has been documented regarding the challenges that thehealthcare system is currentlyfacing and is likely to face in the coming decades. We know we have an aging population, higher incidents of chronic disease and predicted workforce shortages. The answer is simple: we need to reform!

Well, that may be easier said than done; however, I believe the allied health workforce is primed to meet this challenge and lead some of the changes that need to occur. The allied health workforce is renowned for providing holistic patient-centred care and may well have some of the answers we are seeking.

One of the many strengths of the allied health workforce is the focus on prevention, health promotion and restoration or rehabilitation. If you think of health care as a sandwich, I believe the acute system is the filling in the middle, with the prevention and rehabilitation being the bread on either side. In my opinion this is where the allied health workforce has greatest bang-for-buck and greatest impact on patient care. We have an opportunity to capitalise on these strengths and start to lead the way in shifting the focus out of the acute setting and into the community and home environments. This will lead to a more sustainable healthcare system in the decades to come.

Furthermore, the allied health workforce is a leader in workforce reform. We have successfully implemented allied health assistant models as well as advanced practice roles to ensure all elements of the workforce are working to their maximum scope. …

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