Allied Health Career Information

Allied Health is a broad term used to describe the wide range of specialised healthcare provided by health practitioners who are not part of the medical, dental and nursing professions. The Allied Health workforce includes health practitioners who work autonomously and in multidisciplinary teams, in a variety of acute, outpatient, and community healthcare settings in both the public, not-for-profit and private sector.

A-Z of Allied Health Services

Community Health Work is concerned with the improvement of health outcomes within populations and community groups. A core part of Community Health is the facilitation of access to services and information for marginalised communities. Community Health may be studied within Public Health, or as a speciality within the medical and clinical sciences, or through vocationally directed TAFE courses. The Community Health workforce is varied and made up of Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Educators, Allied Health professionals and frontline Community Health workers, who all provide a range of health services targeted to meet the needs of the community and the improvement of wellbeing, health status and quality of life.

Community Health Work Jobs

Community Health Workers work in the community to provide holistic and therapeutic support to people struggling with mental health, disability, or unstable housing. They provide personal care, and assist with daily tasks such as meal preparation, shopping, and attending appointments. They help their clients develop autonomy and independent living skills and participate in social and community-based activities. They also keep patient records and communicate with stakeholders to provide support within a wider health and caregiving team. For entry level Community Health work opportunities, employers usually request a minimum Certificate IV in either Mental Health/Disability/Aged Care/Community Services/or Indigenous Primary Health Care.