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Allied Health Insights Vol.2, No.21: Health Workforce Flexibility & Allied Health Scope of Practice

The Terms of Reference for the Unleashing the Potential of our Health Workforce – Scope of Practice Review were released on September 11, 2023.  Created out of the recommendations contained in the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce Report, the Scope of Practice Review represents an opportunity for allied health stakeholders who feel strongly about their role in the efficacy of primary care outcomes to make their voices heard.

A number of stakeholders, including Allied Health Professions Australia, feel that recognising and expanding the scope of practice for allied health professionals is vital for the successful implementation and longevity of person-centred, multidisciplinary primary care.

The Scope of Practice Review is open to public submissions until October 16, 2023.

Featured in this edition

  • Dr Susan Nancarrow looks at the critical challenge of enhancing workforce flexibility in the health sector, addressing the barriers that hinder the workforce from optimally serving population needs. The crux of the issue lies not just in workforce shortages but also in constraints set by professional boundaries, funding models, and therapeutic partitions.In addition, we’ve included some highlights of our allied health scope of practice commentary.
    • Dr Olivia King looks at how professional role boundaries are constructed, reinforced, and maintained, and then ultimately, renegotiated and changed.
    • Dr Anne-Louise Carlton asks the question: what does it mean for allied health practitioners to ‘work to their full scope of practice’? This article addresses this question with particular reference to the use of restricted (scheduled) medicines.
    • Dr Susan Nancarrow takes a look at what the research evidence tells us about non-medical prescribing.

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