Allied Health are a diverse group of professions that provide direct patient care and work in many areas of the health system.
Basic knowledge of medical terms.
Allied Health Professionals include Audiologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Social Workers and Speech Pathologists. Allied Health Assistants support and assist these health professionals with their day-to-day patient care and operational tasks.
Allied Health Assistants have a basic knowledge of medical terms and the skills to comply with infection prevention and control as well as assisting in patient health care programming, treatment plans and therapeutic support.
Where you might work:
Your workplace could be within a hospital, private practice or community health centre. You may work with a number of different allied health professionals (including occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech pathologists) or you may work with one particular professional.
Communication skills are essential as an Allied Health Assistant needs to liaise effectively with health professionals and patients (for example, encouraging patients to complete specific treatment plans related to injury, illness or disability-related physical issues).