The Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway: A promising strategy for building a fit-for-purpose rural and remote allied health workforce

The Commonwealth Government’s announcement of $9.6 million over three years to improve access to allied health services is a win for regional, rural and remote communities.

“This new Budget measure to support the expansion of the Pathway is a strategic investment and a welcome response to the previous National Rural Health Commissioner Professor Paul Worley’s report on Improving Access, Quality and Distribution of Allied Health Services in Regional, Rural and Remote Australia”, said Cath Maloney, CEO of Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH). “It complements other measures, including aged care reforms, new MBS case conferencing items and the extension of telehealth services for allied health professionals. These are crucial steps to improve access to much-needed allied health services for all Australians.”