Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is the recognised national peak body representing and advocating for the role of allied health professions in Australia. Collectively, the 22 national organisations within AHPA represent almost 78,000 allied health professionals – with over 12,000 working in rural and remote regions of Australia. Each organisation has internal systems and networks for liaising with its members, ensuring that AHPA communicates with health professionals, right across Australia, who together provide extensive expertise. Current AHPA membership represents the following professions: Audiologists, Chiropractors, Dietitians, Exercise Physiologists, Genetic Counsellors, Music Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Orthoptists, Orthotist/Prosthetists, Osteopaths, Hospital Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Perfusionists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Sonographers, Speech Pathologists, with the Associations for Audiometrists, Diabetes Educators, Diversional Therapists and Practice Managers as Friends.
There are around 120,000 practising allied health professionals providing direct consumer care, including diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, often autonomously and across a variety of public, private and not-for-profit settings. It is estimated that they deliver over 200 million health services annually. Together with doctors and nurses, allied health professionals are regarded as the third pillar of health care providers in Australia.