Allied Health

About Allied Health

Northern Territory Health has over 600 Allied Health professionals working across urban, rural and remote areas of the NT, providing a full spectrum of healthcare including:

  • Acute care
  • Primary health care
  • Trauma management
  • Disaster response
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health promotion
  • Clinical planning and service development
  • Research and policy.

These services are provided through:

The professional groups that make up NT Health Allied Health workforce include a wide range of therapeutic, diagnostic and scientific professions.

Within NT Health, professional disciplines include:

  • Audiology
  • Oral Health and Dental Therapy
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medical Radiation Practice
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthoptist
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech Pathology

There are also associated roles that work closely with allied health including Allied Health Assistants and Technicians.

Recruitment

Move your career into new Territory. There is a career waiting for you in Allied Health in the Northern Territory. Working as an Allied Health professional in the NT offers a wide range of career rewarding opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else in Australia.

Boundless Possible - “Come for the lifestyle, stay for the opportunities and you’ll be rewarded with a fast-tracked career progression, a welcoming community and a change to make a real impact”.

For current opportunities, visit the NT Government vacancies webpage and for more information see https://health.nt.gov.au/careers

Professionals Organisations

Allied Health Professionals working in NT Health are required to be suitably qualified. Allied Health disciplines may be regulated by a national registration and accreditation scheme (through Ahpra and national boards) or be self-regulated by a professional body, details can be found below:

Allied health Discipline

National regulation body / self-regulated profession

Accreditation council/body

Professional Association

Audiology

Self-regulated

Audiology Australia

Audiology Australia

Oral Health and Dental Therapy

Dental Board of Australia

Dental Board of Australia

Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association

Nutrition and Dietetics

Self regulated

Dietitians Association of Australia

Dietitians Association of Australia

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

Occupational Therapy Council Australia

Occupational Therapy Australia

Orthoptics

Self regulated

Australian Orthoptic Board

Orthoptics Australia

Pharmacy

The Pharmacy Board of Australia

Australian Pharmacy Council

Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia

And

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Prosthetics and orthotics

Self regulated

Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association

Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Board of Australia

Australian Physiotherapy Council

Australian Physiotherapy Association

Podiatry

Podiatry Board of Australia

Podiatry Board of Australia

Australian Podiatry Association

Psychology

Psychology Board of Australia

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

The Australian Psychological Society

Radiography

Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia

Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia

Social work

Self regulated

Australian Association of Social Workers

Australian Association of Social Workers

Sonography

Self regulated

Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry

Australasian Sonographers Association

Speech pathology

Self regulated

Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia

Student Placements

Allied Health student placements are offered by Top End Health Service, Central Australia Health Service and the Department of Health. Placements in the NT provide Allied Health students the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of unique learning experiences and bring a greater understanding of the NT context for health care including tropical diseases, telehealth and Aboriginal health. Many students who undertake placement in the Territory return to be long term employees.

The Remote and Rural Interprofessional Placement Learning NT (RIPPL NT) program supports students from any university or health related course to complete their placement in the NT. They provide services including placement planning, financial assistance, networking sessions, cultural workshops and escape rooms for education.

Pathways for Aboriginal Allied Health Students

There are multiple pathways for Aboriginal Allied Health students to be employed into the NT Health workforce after they finish their studies. NT Health supported pathways available are:

  • The Department of Health offers the NT Health Aboriginal Scholarship scheme for first year undergraduate students. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can receive up $5000 to assist with their studies for an undergraduate health degree.
  • The Aboriginal Cadetship Program, is a program funded by the Department of Health to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to complete higher education studies, provides vacation employment and aims to increase employment as health professionals.

More information regarding these scholarship is available on the Aboriginal Careers webpage.

Allied Health Awards

There are various awards available to Allied Health professionals working in NT Health.

  • The Administrator's Medal in Primary Health Care recognises and reward outstanding primary health care professionals who have contributed significantly to the provision of primary health care in the Northern Territory.
  • PHN Health Professional of the Year Award recognise health professionals who share our commitment and values and who are striving to customise their service and engage their patients and peers to improve health and wellbeing in the NT. An Allied Health Practitioner award category is available and applicants must be nominated in relation to their contribution to primary health care.
  • NT Disability Services & Inclusion Awards set out to promote the value of a career in the disability workforce and to celebrate the positive contributions of the Northern Territory community in creating opportunities for people with disability. Various award categories are available and include leadership, engagement, advocacy and innovation.
  • Flinders NT Supervisor Recognition Awards acknowledge the outstanding contribution made for student supervision. Multiple categories are available and nominees can be, but do not need to have been, the primary supervisor.
  • The HESTA awards provides national recognition of the achievements for allied health professionals that continue to deliver quality care to communities across Australia.
  • The IAHA National Indigenous Allied Health Awards provides national recognition of the achievements for allied health professionals that continue to deliver quality care to communities across Australia.
  • The SARRAH SQUAWK awards recognise SARRAH members working in rural and remote areas for making an outstanding contribution across various award categories which positively impact rural and remote health.

Allied Health Professionals Day

Allied Health Professionals Day was established in the UK in 2018 with the aim of bringing together allied health professionals to celebrate the work they do and to raise the profile of allied health as a collective group highlighting the important role they play in the health and social care settings. NT Health participate in celebrating Allied Health Professionals Day with a new theme and hashtags released each year. Look out on the NT Health Facebook page for stories and events.

Research in the NT

Information regarding research in the Northern Territory can be found below.

Resources and Links

Contact

AlliedHealthAdvisory.THS@nt.gov.au

Phone 8999 2603

NT Health Facebook page

Last updated: 22 February 2021

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