Develop Allied Health led pathways and roles
There is so much more that allied health professionals can do and such variation across the globe in what they are enabled to do. In NZ alone there is huge variation, private to public and so forth as well as within what was the DHBs. I'd propose a significant drive to apply existing proven allied health led models across the country. Release the potential of this under tapped workforce and allow them to practice without walls and barriers. Doing so could make a huge different to acute/emergency care, long term conditions, rehabilitation and primary care.
Why the contribution is important
The demand for services is not going to change unless we do radically different things to drive new models. The capabilities of allied health are not utilised in NZ despite highly educated and experienced people being available. As an example why have we not got physiotherapists in all emergency departments, given the proven evidence of effectiveness, safety and patient preference in the research? What about telehealth based allied health services? Why have we not got chronic pain services in all areas lead by allied health practitioners? Allied are the untapped alternative which NZ could be utilising. Outcomes are better and it would free up other capacity in some high volume demand areas.
by jude2305 on October 28, 2022 at 05:17PM