Allied health professionals are health professionals that are not part of the medical, dental or nursing professions. They are university qualified practitioners with specialised expertise in preventing, diagnosing and treating a range of conditions and illnesses.
Allied health professionals assess specific areas of impairment and provide assistive technologies to improve independence. Allied health roles (hyperlinked) in supporting people with disabilities are summarised below:
(click on service type below to get more information on each service)
- Audiologists – assess for hearing impairment and fit hearing devices
- Occupational therapists – assess and intervene with strategies that enable people with disabilities to be as independent as possible, and to participate in meaningful self-care, leisure and productive activities in a range of home and community contexts.
- Optometrists and orthoptists – provide services for low vision
- Podiatrists – provide services promoting foot health and mobility
- Orthotists and prosthetists – prescribe devices and that promote mobility, limb function and independence
- Physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors – can assist with musculoskeletal issues
- Exercise physiologists and physiotherapists – also can provide health promoting wellness programs to develop strength, balance and prevent falls
- Arts therapists and music therapists – provide services for people experiencing dementia
- Dietitians – assess people who have nutritional needs requiring specialised nutritional support that may include tube feeding. They also advise on nutritional strategies to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes
- Speech pathologists – can assess and treat people with speech and swallowing difficulties.
- Psychologists and appropriately trained social workers, occupational therapists – can provide services for people with disabilities arising from ongoing mental illness.