Allied Health Representation on National Bodies

  • National Primary Health Care Partnership 

AHPA is one of 23 national peak organisations which comprise the National Primary Health Care Partnership (NPHCP) - an advocacy body and communications platform for the Australian Primary Health Care sector. This body provides a central point of contact for information about and input into the delivery of primary health care services in Australia. For more information click

  • National Primary and Community Health Network

The National Primary and Community Health Network is a coalition of government representatives, peak bodies and others interested in sharing information on primary health care and the important role it plays in the Australian health system.   AHPA is a member organisation.  For more information go to

  • Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance

The Australian Healthcare Reform Alliance (AHCRA) is a coalition of peak health groups working towards a better health system for Australia's future.  AHPA is a member organisation of the alliance.  For more information go to

  • National Rural Health Alliance

Member bodies of the Alliance work collaboratively to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the country's rural and remote areas.  More information can be found on their web site

AHPA Organisations

Allied Health Professions Australia Rural & Remote (AHPARR)

Allied health professionals working in non-urban locations have particular needs.  Issues affecting health professionals beyond the cities are the focus of a special AHPA committee, AHPA Rural and Remote  - AHPARR.  AHPARR provides AHPA with rural and remote allied health representation and a voice at national level.

Current AHPARR delegates from AHPA member organisations are:

Audiology Australia - Amarjit Anand
Australian Association of Social Workers - Kaylee Stafford 
Australian Psychological Society - Tamsin Wendt
Australasian Podiatry Council - Troy Parsons
Dietitians Association of Australia - Fran Keeble-Buckle
Exercise and Sports Science Australia - Jane McCaig
Occupational Therapy Australia - Nicole O'Reilly
Orthoptics Australia - Maria Pritchard
Speech Pathology Australia - Amanda O'Keefe

National Alliance of Self Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP)

The National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professions (NASRHP) was formed in 2007 and came under the auspices of AHPA in 2010.  It currently consists of eight professional associations, each of which is the peak body for their allied health profession:

        Audiology Australia
        Australian Association of Social Workers
        Australian Diabetes Educators Association
        Australian & New Zealand College of Perfusionists
        Australasian Sonographers Association
        Dietitians Association of Australia
        Exercise & Sports Science Australia
        Speech Pathology Australia
        The Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association

NASRHP's core objective is to provide a forum for allied health professions that are not nationally registered to:

  •         seek clarity regarding regulation for their respective professions;
  •         benchmark their self-regulatory environment;
  •         advocate on behalf of the public for an improved health regulatory    environment;  and
  •         address the challenges and consequences for the professions and health  agencies of the current fragmentation in health practitioner regulation.

NASRHP has developed a proposal to the Australian governments advocating for an improved health regulatory environment for professions falling outside national registration.    Harnessing Self-Regulation to support safety and quality in health care delivery