Victorian Allied Health Workforce Research Program

Southern Cross University has been engaged by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to undertake the Victorian Allied Health Workforce Research Program. This three- year research program will generate much-needed qualitative and quantitative information on the allied health workforce and will contribute to an evidence base on selected allied health professions.

The research will identify key workforce issues influencing the capacity of allied health professions to meet service demand. In the first year of the research program, high-level information was used to prepare a snapshot of workforce issues for 27 allied health professions. These snapshots are available on request by contacting the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. In depth information has since been collected from selected professions through:

  • a detailed survey of individual professionals, their employers and managers
  • profession-specific focus groups.

The survey and focus groups are exploring:

  • individual experiences and characteristics of past and present employment, factors influencing individual career pathways, and issues likely to influence future career decisions
  • workforce size and location of responding organisations, perceptions of clinical and non-clinical skill gaps, capacity to meet service demand, and recruitment and retention processes and issues.

In the first year, the detailed research focussed on allied health assistants, physiotherapists, sonographers, and speech pathologists. In the second year the research focussed on occupational therapists, psychologists, and social workers. In this third and final year of the research program, audiologists, dietitians, exercise physiologists, and medical laboratory scientists will be the focus.

The outcomes of the Victorian Allied Health Research Program will be pivotal in guiding future government policy decisions and has already informed a number of important initiatives in Victoria including the Allied Health Careers Pathways Project and the creation of 20 new senior jobs for allied health professionals.

If you are an employer of audiologists, dietitians, exercise physiologists or medical laboratory scientists in Victoria, or you have ever worked in Victoria in one of these professions, your involvement in the final year of this research program is vital to its success. It doesn’t matter where you work or what your role is, we want to hear from everyone; public, private, and not-for-profit sectors; clinicians, managers, researchers and academics. To participate, please click here to complete the survey.

The survey will stay open until Friday 27 October 2017.

To find out more, please contact Dr Alison Roots (Project Manager) from Southern Cross University at

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