International Allied Health Professions Day

International Allied Health Professions Day is celebrated annually on October 14. The international event was created in 2018 by two clinicians in the UK, initially as a grass roots social movement on Twitter, to celebrate the hard work and efforts of all allied health professionals (AHPs). The Allied and Scientific Health Office introduced the event to Australia in 2019 and it has continued to gather support across the Nation.

About AHPs Day

AHPs Day is a day for allied health professionals to shine, to celebrate and share how they work, care, connect and inspire.

The aims of this movement are twofold

  • to bring allied health professionals together to celebrate the work they love doing
  • raise the profile of allied health professionals and the important role they play in health and social care systems.

This is achieved by allied health professionals coming together, both in workplace events and online, to share their stories, highlight their achievements, and promote their value.

Who AHPs day is for

AHPs day is for:

  • Art or music therapy
  • Audiology
  • Dental Therapy
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Genetic Counselling
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Othoptics
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Perfusion
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Radiography
  • Social Work
  • Sonography
  • Speech Pathology

How we can help you

The Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO) can help you with ideas and can provide links to a Digital Kit that has resources to help plan your celebration and posts on social media. We also encourage you to join us in supporting AHPs Day 2021, raising awareness of the allied health sector by sharing your own social media posts, such as photos of staff events marking the occasion, profiles of allied health teams and practitioners, and videos highlighting the work of different professions.

We appreciate the efforts of all AHPs working on the frontline in hospitals and in the community in Australia’s response to COVID-19. We thank all AHPs for adapting to new methods of service delivery and for their flexibility, solution focused approach and commitment to caring for our consumers of health services.

The Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO) is proud to assist with promotional resources, celebration ideas, social media presence and general co-ordination activities and are calling for AHPs Day Ambassadors to connect with. If you would like to nominate as an Ambassador, please email the team at HealthAlliedandScientificHealth@sa.gov.au

Share and join the worldwide movement

We invite you to recognise and share the work that AHPs do, coming together to celebrate our skills and achievements with our colleagues and the wider community. We encourage you to share on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and join the worldwide movement, using the event hashtags:

  • #AHPsDay
  • #AHPsDay2021
  • #StrongerTogether
  • #proudtobeAHP

Planning for AHPs Day 2021

Below are a few ideas to consider in planning for AHPs Day 2021, but feel free to use your imagination to organise something that is meaningful to you and your team. The event is really for local teams to celebrate in a way that is meaningful for you.

  • Share a team photo or video on social media
  • AHP ‘Staff Spotlight’ posts
  • Make a poster about your profession or event
  • Create your own appreciation and gratitude certificates for colleagues
  • Run a professional development session
  • Host a morning or afternoon tea
  • Invite non allied health colleagues and/or Executive staff to “shadow an Allied Health Professional for an hour” or visit an Allied Health Department
  • Run a quiz for your multidisciplinary teams
  • Use the Allied Health Professions Day email signature banner

Resources for AHPs Day

Resources Allied Health Professions Australia have developed a Digital Kit for 2021 where email banners, social media templates and posters can be downloaded from their website.

SA Health Allied Health Research Forum 2021

The SA Health Allied Health Research Forum 2021 will now commence on International Allied Health Professionals day and be held across two days the Thursday 14 and Friday 15 October 2021 with the theme “Communicating value, creating impact”. Further updates and registration information will be available on this website as they are available.

Further updates and registration

Further updates and registration information will be available on the allied health research forum page as they are available.