What does the phrase “Allied Health” mean?
“Allied Health” is a colloquial term used by healthcare professionals who call on specialties to treat in the first instance. We use it in General Practice because they are “allied with the GP”. Just like a GP, they all have University Degrees and are invested in patient care.
They can include (but are not limited to):
- Occupational therapists (including Paediatric)
- Speech Pathologists
When seeing your GP, they may refer you to an Allied Health professional that is trained in the treatment to your specific health-related issue. You also don’t need a referral if you are happy to see them privately.
For example, if you have Osteoporosis it’s a great idea to see a physiotherapist for weight-bearing exercises and the correct way to perform them.
On your first visit to your allied health professional, some questions you can ask them include:
- How many appointments will I need to see things get better?
- How much will each treatment cost? Is Medicare or my Private Health Insurance involved?
- Will you update my doctor on our progress?
At any point during your Treatment Plan with an Allied Health professional, you are welcome to book an appointment with your GP to discuss any further questions or concerns you have regarding your treatment. It is important to us that you feel safe, informed, and confident in your journey towards health with anyone you are referred to.
Call us to book an appointment today. 07 5535 3833