Allied health careers in Australia

In Australia, allied health professionals are highly qualified, university-trained health practitioners who make up about a quarter of our health workforce. They’re well-respected professionals who are recognised in the community for their crucial role in the Australian healthcare system.

They are also in high demand for the specialised expertise and high-quality care they provide across the aged care, mental health, disability and health sectors. While the number of allied health workers has risen steadily over the past decade, Australia needs more to meet the demand, especially in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and speech pathology.

Australia offers allied health professionals excellent job and earning prospects and an attractive work environment

There are a huge range of benefits in our allied health sector for people who want to broaden their professional horizons in one of the world’s best healthcare systems. These include:

Your qualifications are likely to be recognised here

International health workers play an important role in Australia’s health service delivery. Provided you have a tertiary-level degree, issued by a recognised educational institution, have a minimum of two years’ experience in professional practice, and you’ve registered with the relevant regulatory body in your field, you’re on track to be legally entitled to work as an allied health professional in Australia.

Financial security

In Australia, the average wage is 30 per cent above the world average, and weekly earnings for an allied health professional, are significantly higher again, so you can expect a comfortable salary that provides you with financial stability. Your skillset and problem-solving abilities are in high demand, and the need for professionals in your field is only going to grow in the future, so you can look forward to job security.

As a MedHealth employee, your salary package would comprise:

  • Guaranteed base salary
  • Superannuation (your retirement fund) paid for by us, in accordance with legislation, as a percentage of your salary into a super fund account for you to access as an income stream on your retirement
  • Car allowance: A vehicle is required for many of our roles, and you would need to convert to an Australian drivers licence on arrival. You’ll also have the option to have a novated lease, which means taking money direct from your pay, some before tax, to make car and running cost payments

While the cost of living in some areas, such as housing, may be high in Australia, our generous wages more than make up for this, leaving you with far greater purchasing power overall.

Well-regulated professions

Allied health is a well-regulated profession in Australia. Each allied health profession has a system in place to make sure practitioners are appropriately qualified, undertake ongoing professional development, and adhere to professional standards. For instance, Occupational Therapy Australia is the leading occupational therapy organisation representing more than 6,000 members.

Not only that but allied health professionals must meet the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority’s registration standards to deliver services under different schemes, including worker’s compensation, and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Pathway to permanent residency

Qualified healthcare professionals are in high demand in the Australian healthcare sector, so if you’re an allied health professional such as an occupational therapist or a physiotherapist, we offer excellent job and earning prospects, and a dynamic, collaborative, purpose-driven work environment.

Whether you want to immigrate permanently to Australia or just want to work in Australia temporarily with a work visa, qualified professionals have very good prospects for obtaining an Australian visa.