What is the difference between an allied health assistant and an Allied Health Professional (AHP)?
An allied health professional is a qualified professional that has completed their training and is a certified practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or their relevant professional peak body. They often have specialist knowledge within their domain.
Most often, our allied health assistants are not qualified therapists. They are either:
- studying or working towards becoming a qualified therapist (AHP).
- an allied health graduate that has completed their training but are not yet registered with AHPRA or their relevant peak body.
- a graduate of a cert IV in allied health assistance (AHA).
An allied health assistant does not replace the role of a qualified therapist in the diagnosis, assessment, treatment or management of an individual.