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 is being delivered through the Allied Health Enabling Platform. The 2019/20 Allied Health Early Stage Funding Grant recipients received a combined total of $128,979.