Allied health professionals (AHPs) provide a wide range of services and supports across all stages of the lifecycle and in every health and associated service setting, including disability services, aged care and schools.
The health and social assistance sector is projected by the Commonwealth Government to be the greatest source of employment growth and demand for the next five years – with an additional 250,000 jobs – continuing the trend of the past decade.
MBS Taskforce Review - Allied Health Reference Group Final Report
Rural and remote communities face a host of challenges that are not experienced by people living in major cities, particularly in relation to accessing MBS services. Maldistribution of the allied health workforce and market failure in rural and remote communities limit access to allied health services either directly or through a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM plans) / General Practitioner Management Plan (GP Management Plans). Read the report here.
Joint Standing Committee of the NDIS - NDIS Planning Inquiry
SARRAH welcomes the work of Joint Standing Committee in considering the implementation, performance and governance of the NDIS and specific focus of this inquiry into NDIS Planning... Read the full submission here.
Department of Social Services (DSS) NDIS Thin Markets Project
The Thin Markets Project Discussion Paper identifies potential responses to the issue across four domains:
1. Market Facilitation
2. Market Deepening
4. Alternative Commissioning Models
Read SARRAH's responses to these 4 domains here.
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety
SARRAH Acting CEO, Cath Maloney provided a statement to the Royal Commission on the 12 July 2019 in Darwin. Read the statement here.
Submission to the Joint Committee on the Accessibility and Quality of Mental Health Services
This submission sets out SARRAH's position that in rural and remote communities, access to appropriately qualified mental health professionals is limited and that this is compounded by limited access to the MBS by allied health professionals supporting people with mental health issues. This is further compounded by the rate of payment offered through the MBS, which does not adequately reflect the cost of providing services into remote and very remote communities.
Read the submission here.
Submissions Lodged Prior to 2018
Older submissions developed by SARRAH are available here.