“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 practitioners often work within a multidisciplinary health team to provide specialised support for different patient needs.” – AHPA (Allied Health Professionals Australia)
At Longevity we have strong community connections with other Allied health professionals and Medical professionals such as General Practitioners (GP’s). This means that we receive referrals from other health professionals when they have a patient/client who requires Exercise physiology services and we refer out into the community if one of our clients requires further medical intervention. We establish a strong communication network with other health professionals so that information can be shared and therefore better outcomes for clients can be achieved.
What Allied Health professionals are out there and what do they do? The following list describes some of the health professionals you may have come across in your community, described by their head governing bodies.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists
“AEPs are university qualified allied health professionals equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Pathology domains covered by the services of AEPs include cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cancers, kidney, respiratory / pulmonary and mental health, and any other conditions for which there is evidence that exercise can improve the client’s clinical status.”
- Exercise Sports Science Australia (ESSA), governing body for Accredited Exercise Physiologists in Australia, https://www.essa.org.au/
“Physiotherapists are experts in the structure of the human body and its movement. They work with people of all ages to treat a broad range of health conditions including sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions as well as chronic health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis and stroke. Physiotherapists are involved in the assessment, diagnosis, planning and management of patient care.” -AHPA
In Australia, physiotherapists are governed by Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) https://australian.physio/
“A chiropractor diagnoses and offers treatment for back pain and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The treatment may include manipulation, massage or ergonomic advice. Chiropractors in Australia are a nationally registered and a regulated healthcare profession.”-AHPA
In Australia, physiotherapists are governed by Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) https://www.chiro.org.au/
“Osteopaths focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system – the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. They know how parts of your body should work together and the impact if they do not.” – Osteopathy Australia
“They provide direct manual therapy interventions including exercise prescription, needling, education and associated lifestyle advice to improve movement, reduce pain and manage and/or treat a range of physical impairments.” – AHPA
To find out more about Osteopathy in Australia : https://www.osteopathy.org.au/
“Podiatry deals with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs. The conditions podiatrists treat include those resulting from bone and joint disorders such as arthritis and soft-tissue and muscular pathologies, as well as neurological and circulatory disease. Podiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat any complications of the above which affect the lower limb, including skin and nail disorders, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails. Foot injuries and infections gained through sport or other activities are also diagnosed and treated by podiatrists.” – Australian Podiatry Association
“The goal of psychology is not just to study human thinking and behaviour, but to put that knowledge into practice, to help people, communities, and society in general to solve day-to-day problems and improve quality of life.
Psychology is therefore also a profession, devoted to helping people and the community find solutions to real life problems such as improving mental health and wellbeing, learning, performance, relationships, and societal cohesiveness.
In Australia, psychology is a regulated profession. This means that people who call themselves a psychologist or say they are practising as a psychologist must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and listed with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).” – Australian Psychological Society
For more information on Psychology in Australia: https://www.psychology.org.au/
“Dietitians understand how your body works and how food and drinks help nourish both healthy individuals and those with medical conditions that are affected by or treated with nutrition. They use their knowledge and skills in a range of workplaces from client-facing roles in clinics and hospitals, to foodservice roles in which they impact the nutrition of residents and inpatients, to roles where they influence the health of the population by impacting food policy and the food supply such as in government public health roles and food companies. Accredited Practising Dietitians are the gold standard in Australia as neither ‘Dietitian’ or ‘Nutritionist’ are protected or regulated.” – Dietitians Association of Australia
For more information on Dietetics in Australia: https://daa.asn.au/
The team at Longevity Edgecliff, Lindfield, Marrickville and Randwick
There are also many more important Allied health workers in our community including; Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers and Diabetes Educators. The Allied Health Professionals Website provides a more detailed and extensive list with links to further information on each health professional.
Find out more here https://ahpa.com.au/
For more information or Exercise Physiology Services, contact Longevity on 1300 964 002.