The WAHTN Allied Health Platform was formed in 2018 in response to concerns raised by Allied Health professionals in relation to the limited opportunities to undertake research and contribute to research knowledge translation. The aim of the WAHTN Allied Health Platform is to promote research capacity-building among the many professions recognised as Allied Health.
Allied Health is the second largest professional group in Western Australia’s healthcare system. The term Allied Health is used to describe a broad range of health professionals who aren’t doctors, dentists or nurses. Allied Health professionals comprise of university qualified practitioners with specialised expertise diagnostic, technical and therapeutic skills used to improve the health and well-being of community members. Some are referred to as regulated professions and registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Others are referred to as self-regulating professions, which involves professional peers establishing and monitoring professional standards. Further information on Allied Health professions can be found at the Allied Health Professions Australia or Office of the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer.
The Allied Health Platform team is led by representatives from WAHTN and its member organisations, including the WA Department of Health, Western Australian universities and private hospital providers. If you are interested in being involved contact WAHTN.
Enabling Allied Health Research Capacity 2020
The Chief Allied Health Office of the WA Department of Health partnered with the WA Health Translation Network in 2020 via two initiatives to progress early stage research and provide clinicians with time for research development. The combined value of $236,979 for these two initiatives was delivered through the Allied Health Enabling Platform. The 2019/20 Allied Health Early Stage Funding Grant recipients received a combined total of $128,979.
Enabling Allied Health Research Capacity 2021
Following on from the success of the 2020 grant round, the Chief Allied Health Office of the WA Department of Health has again partnered with the WA Health Translation Network in 2021 to continue building allied health research capacity at the North Metropolitan Health Service via $36,000 in funding. This research capacity building initiative aims to strengthen the standard of grant applications and to embed a translational research culture across allied health and health science professions. This will help to prepare allied health researchers for future funding initiatives, such as the Future Health and Innovation Research Fund, including Research Translation Project rounds.
The 14th National Allied Health Conference, to be held ONLINE for the first time, will give us the opportunity to explore and discuss the many factors that contribute to the overall success of Allied Health in Australia. There will be an exciting program of speakers, workshops, virtual exhibitors and lots of networking opportunities.
The live conference days will be held on Tuesday 10 to Thursday 12 August, with pre-conference workshops available to book on Monday 9 August.
The organising committee is working tirelessly to produce an engaging and memorable program which will showcase current concerns and developments in Allied Health. We are amidst challenging yet exciting times as the move to an online format will present us with the opportunity to engage with an unlimited audience and expand the overall reach of the conference. The Organising Committee looks forward to presenting the 2021 Conference which will explore the current and emerging issues that will shape the future for Allied Health.