Career pathways for allied health professionals and assistants
Allied Health Assistant (AHA) transition
The South Australian Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried 2018 introduces the classification stream of Allied Health Assistant (AHA) to SA Health. This new stream provides work level definitions and outlines potential career progression for staff who work assisting Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) in the provision of therapy services and who are directly linked to AHP staff through clinical governance, task delegation and clinical supervision.
The guideline, staff information and additional documents below outline the processes to implement this new AHA classification and transition current staff into the new stream. This transition will involve assessment of current roles against the new work level definitions to determine where staff need to transition either to the same or a higher level in the new classification.
The AHA Transition Staff Information document provides general information to AHA staff about the transition and how it might impact individual employees.
The Guideline and other appendices have been developed to enable managers to implement the new AHA stream, but AHA staff may also find these documents helpful to gain a more detailed understanding of the transition.
AHA transition resources:
- AHA Transition staff information (PDF 499KB)
- Allied Health Assistants - Guideline for transition to AHA stream (PDF 616KB)
- Appendix 1: Role Description Template AHA-1 (DOCX 48KB)
- Appendix 2: Role Description Template AHA-2 (DOCX 37KB)
- Appendix 3: Role Description Template AHA-3 (DOCX 38KB)
- Appendix 4: Role Description Template AHA-4 (DOCX 38KB)
- Appendix 5: AHA Certificate Equivalency Analysis (PDF 122KB)
- Appendix 6: AHA Translation Process Chart (PDF 925KB)
- Appendix 7: AHA-1 Competency Assessment (DOCX 33KB)
- Appendix 8: OPS-2 Manager Initiated Translation Assessment (DOCX 331KB)
- Appendix 9: OPS-3 Manager Initiated Translation Assessment (DOCX 331KB)
- Appendix 10: AHA Reclassification Application – OPS-2 or AHA-2 to AHA-3 (DOCX 493KB)
- Appendix 11: AHA Reclassification Application – OPS-3 or AHA-3 to AHA-4 (DOCX 284KB)
- TAFE SA Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Factsheet (PDF 450KB)
- AHA Further Equivalency Information (PDF 400KB)
Allied Health Practice Profiles
The Allied Health Practice Profiles are for use by allied health professions when reviewing the services they provide to SA Health clients. Allied health services cover many clinical areas and whilst this allows for flexibility and responsiveness, it is also important for allied health services to be able to clearly articulate why they provide specific services or why they refer on to other services. In this environment of change and models of care
Each practice profile outlines the scope of practice that is common amongst allied health professionals (Core Practice Profile) alongside the key work practices for each profession (Specific Practice Profile). The practice profiles are intended as a guide for service provision and are not a restrictive or conclusive list
Allied Health Practice Profiles:
- Practice Profile Audiology (PDF 323KB)
- Practice Profile Dietetics (PDF 322KB)
- Practice Profile Occupational Therapy (PDF 327KB)
- Practice Profile Physiotherapy (PDF 319KB)
- Practice Profile Podiatry (PDF 189KB)
- Practice Profile Psychology (PDF 371KB)
- Practice Profile Social Work (PDF 396KB)
- Practice Profile Speech Pathology (PDF 352KB)
Allied Health Peer Assessment Process (
The overall administration and coordination of the Allied Health Peer Assessment Process (
For more information on this, see:
Due to auditing processes, all completed application forms should be emailed to Allied and Scientific Health Office for receipting and direction to your LHN.
- Application Form for Allied Health Peer Assessment Process AHP1 to AHP2 (DOC 197KB)
- Application Form for Allied Health Peer Assessment Process AHP2 to AHP2 (DOC 448KB)
- Lodge via HealthAlliedandScientificHealth@sa.gov.au (attention Josie Vella)
Posted forms will no longer be accepted.
Assessment information for AHPAP panels
The following panel assessment and outcome forms are provided for the Local Health Network (LHN) Human Resources Department and Allied Health Managers and Senior Clinicians to assist in assessing applications:
- Code of Conduct for AHP Peer Assessment Panel Members (PDF 191KB)
- panel assessment form for AHP1 to AHP2 (DOC 123KB)
- panel assessment form for AHP201 to AHP202 (DOC 59KB) - for assessment of quarantined staff translated from PO106 and PO107 to AHP201 in EA 2010 only
- panel assessment outcome letter – successful (DOC 76KB)
- panel assessment outcome letter – unsuccessful (DOC 76KB)
- Advice - Constructing AHP Classification Review Panels (AHP3 & above) (PDF 1MB)
Progression of psychologists
Workforce Operations have finalised the process for psychologists seeking progression from the AHP2 to the AHP3 level (for accredited supervision of other psychologists):
- Qualification flowchart (PDF 129KB)
- Application form – Psychologists assessment for progression from AHP2 to AHP3 (DOCX 65KB)
- Guidance note - Psychologists application for progression from AHP2 to AHP3 (for Accredited Supervision) (PDF 580KB)
Completed forms are to be submitted to your local LHN Human Resources.
Advanced Scope of Practice and Extended Scope of Practice Roles in SA Health
The Office of Professional Leadership (which includes the Nursing and Midwifery Office, the Allied and Scientific Health Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer) in consultation with SA Health sites and services, have developed a Policy Directive for the Governance Framework for Advanced Scope of Practice Roles and Extended Scope of Practice Roles in SA Health (PDF 505KB).
The Policy Directive applies to the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions and provides for a consistent, systematic approach to the decision-making, planning, implementation, and evaluation/monitoring of advanced and extended scope of practice roles across SA Health.
The State-wide Occupational Therapy Advisory Group has recently undertaken a project that explored the current developments, initiatives, competencies and framework both nationally and internationally, for Occupational Therapy advanced practice scope of practice roles. This framework has been developed to guide the successful development, implementation and evaluation of advanced practice roles within palliative care for Occupational Therapy (OT) in SA Health. View the Advanced Scope of Practice Framework: Occupational Therapy in Palliative Care (PDF 2MB).
The Ministerial Taskforce on health practitioner expanded
scope of practice
Queensland Health has recently undertaken “The Ministerial Taskforce on health practitioner expanded
- allied health professionals are educated to competently undertake a greater range of tasks and responsibilities
thanare often used
- opportunities exist to extend the scope of practice of some allied health professionals in line with reforms in other Australian states and internationally to improve patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes and reduce waiting times
- the support workforce can be used more effectively to enable allied health professionals to work to their full scope of practice
- many of the current hours of operation do not align with the needs of patients and a number of barriers exist to realising the full capacity of this workforce.
See the Queensland Health website for further information.
For further information on allied health career pathways, contact the Allied and Scientific Health Office.