Allied health activity recording

Demonstrating the value of allied health care in SA Health

The Allied and Scientific Health Office has worked with Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) Allied Health Directorate to build on the current understanding and utilisation of health service data to assist AH in contributing to broad health reform strategies.

This project used Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) data and services to identify patient groups relevant to AH, CALHN and applicable to most LHNs. Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) with significant AH input and specific cost saving potential for the site were chosen to demonstrate costing and funding methodology.

Allied Health input and potential for improved quantitative (cost savings) and qualitative (improved patient care) outcomes using alternative AH driven models of care were then identified through further analysis. The analysis determined that numerous strategies were required to ensure further development of an integrated multi-professional, inclusive of AH, based approach to healthcare.

The Demonstrating the Value of Allied Health Care in SA Health (PDF 1MB)  provides a template which could be utilised to evaluate and identify opportunities to improve service delivery. Access a copy of the report at the link below.

Minimum data set and definitions

Allied Health Activity Minimum Data Set and Data Definitions (PDF 2.3MB) document outlines the recommended minimum set of data collection regardless of the allied health site, service or activity collection system (EPAS or non-EPAS), although local workflow decisions regarding specific counting practices may be required. This aligns with the nationally mandated allied health data activity requirements (or minimum data set) for service delivery. To ensure reported activity is as accurate, reproducible and standardised between and within professions and service locations as possible the minimum data was developed.

Introduction to Activity based funding (ABF)

Resources and references

Further information

For further information on activity recording, contact the Allied and Scientific Health Office.