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Sociology of Professions

Challenges Faced By Small But Critical Allied Health Professions

Small critical workforce

Most people have heard of a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietitian and a podiatrist – but do you know what a pedorthist, orthoptist, prosthetist or music therapist does? The allied health workforce includes a number of very small, very niche, but very important professions. We call these “small but critical workforces”. Small may be beautiful, but […]

What is Allied Health?

What is “Allied Health” Have you ever wondered why a very diverse group of professions such as physiotherapy, radiography or occupational therapy are so often referred to collectively as “allied health”?  We all know the phrase, but what does it really mean?  In what way are they “allied” and to whom?  Why have they become [...]