Make a Difference – Be an allied health professional

Why become an Indigenous allied health professional?

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It is well known that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals play a vital role in addressing the heath needs of our people.

An allied health practitioner is a trained professional who sometimes work alone, and often work with others in the healthcare team. Their role is to promote recovery, to support diagnosis and to guide the patient toward wellness.

Access to allied health care can increase a person’s ability to walk or move better, reduce dependence and assist the patient to care for themselves. Allied health services lessen the risk of complications associated with chronic disease conditions or injury.

In order to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes, we need more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to consider becoming an allied health professional. This includes professions such as audiology; dietetics; exercise physiology; occupational therapy; optometry; orthoptics; pharmacy; physiotherapy; podiatry; prosthetics & orthotics; psychology; radiography & sonography; social work, speech pathology and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health. For more information on where to study click here.

You can also have a listen to the stories of these Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals and students:

Callum – Speech Pathology

Dameyon – Social Work

Faye – Pharmacy

James – Podiatry

Kelli – Occupational Therapy

Noell – Dietetics