ADACare Allied Health Professionals is a term used to describe the broad range of health professionals other than doctors or nurses. Whilst ADACare Allied Health Professionals are prevalent in almost all branches of healthcare, some of the more common sectors where you will see allied health professionals are in aged care, chronic disease, disability, mental health, exercise and sport, rehabilitative care and muskulo-skeletal health.
There are many professions which are serving under ADACare Allied Health, including but not limited to:
Psychologist – Studies, treats and evaluates mental and behavioural processes.
Social Worker – Helps people deal with personal and social issues through counselling, community engagement, advocacy and various programmes.
Occupational Therapist – Assist people with illness or disability to develop or maintain daily living and work skills.
Physiotherapist – Focuses on the diagnosis, management and prevention of movement disorders and injury
Speech Pathologist – Assess and treat patients who have a communication disability. Speech pathologists may also work with patients who have trouble swallowing.
Audiologist – Assessment, treatment and prevention of hearing and balance disorders.
Chiropractor – Diagnose and treat physiological and mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Dietitian – Advises patients on nutrition for health, weight management or for specific medical conditions.
Exercise Physiologist – Focuses on therapy and rehabilitation of injury, chronic disease and disability through exercise.
Medical Imaging Professionals – Including radiographers, sonographers and radiologists.
Osteopath – Works with manipulation of the musculoskeletal system to treat and prevent injury.
Orthotist – Prescribe, design and fit braces and other devices to aid mobility and rehabilitation, correct deformity and relieve discomfort.
Perfusionist – Operates a range of machinery during surgery (and in ICU) to monitor a patients physiological status.
Pharmacist – Prepare, dispense and manufacture medicines and advise on their appropriate use. Pharmacists may also work in a research capacity.
Podiatrist – Treats conditions of the feet and lower limbs.
In order to Access to ADACare Allied Health services
In addition to NDIS services, some government funded programs and services may require a referral from a general practitioner.
Some programs and schemes that can assist people with the cost of accessing allied health services include: