Allied and scientific health

Changes to the direction for healthcare setting workers vaccination requirements on 14 October 2022 removed the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for staff in the Department for Health and Wellbeing.

This means DHW staff who have been unable to attend work because of the vaccination requirements will no longer be prohibited from the workplace.

Workforce Services will provide advice to managers about contacting staff to make plans for their return to the workplace.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements for ‘phase 1 healthcare settings’ remain in place for public and private hospitals and ambulance services, meaning any DHW staff member who attends those sites for their work must comply with the mandatory vaccinations.

For more COVID-19 information: About COVID-19 (health-specific) and SA Government COVID-19 page.

Allied and Scientific Health Office

SA Health has over 4000 allied and scientific health professionals who provide a range of diagnostic, technical and therapeutic services to South Australians.

The Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO), informs, guides and advocates for SA Health's allied and scientific health workforce.

Allied and scientific health professions include:

  • art or music therapy
  • audiology
  • cardiac physiology
  • dental therapy
  • developmental educator
  • epidemiology
  • exercise physiology
  • genetic counselling
  • nuclear medicine technology
  • nutrition and dietetics
  • occupational therapy
  • optometry
  • orthoptics
  • orthotics and prosthetics
  • perfusion
  • pharmacy
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry
  • psychology
  • radiation therapy
  • radiography
  • social work
  • sonography
  • speech pathology.

ASHO provides support as required for the scientific professions such as medical and grant funded scientists and the allied and scientific health assistant workforce.

Allied and Scientific Health Position Statement

The Allied and Scientific Health Position Statement (PDF 371KB) outlines four key domains through which the allied and scientific health professions contribute to the health of South Australians, and highlights the role of the ASHO in supporting and advocating for these professions.

This position statement can be utilised to support communication with a range of stakeholders, to promote an understanding of the role of allied and scientific health professions and the value contributed by this group of professions.

Contact us

Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO)
Office for Professional Leadership, SA Health

Postal address: 11 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA 5000
Email: HealthAlliedandScientificHealth@sa.gov.au