The importance of allied health care



There are a range of services offered by allied health professionals for older people in Tasmania, for example:

  • Diabetes Educators
  • Dietitians
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists and Mental Health Services
  • Social Workers

A greater focus on allied health care services is needed to support the independence and wellness of Tasmanian’s needing to receive health and care services at home. In particular:

  • Exercise Physiologists providing evidence-based and tailored exercise interventions have a wide range of benefits for people’s balance, wellbeing, mobility, and cognition and bone fragility. Prescribing appropriate exercise can dramatically improve overall health, wellbeing and ability to function in daily life.
  • Occupational Therapists are particularly important in maximising the benefit of wellness, reablement and restorative care services. They can maximise a person’s functional ability to participate in the daily activities that are most meaningful to them, enabling older Tasmanians to live meaningful and independent lives in the community.
  • Social Workers enable people to make decisions that will be best for their wellbeing and health. They assist people to explore options, exercise choice and actively participate in their own care by focusing on a person’s broader life and the things that are most important to them. 

Many allied health professionals are able to provide services to eligible people with chronic conditions under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Consumers can discuss all allied health services with their GP or health care professional to gain further information.