Allied Health Careers and Education
Northern Health is situated in one of Melbourne’s major growth corridor – which has meant significant expansion of services to address population need and more than doubling of Allied Health staffing since the Health Service opened in July 2000. This rapid growth in services has provided opportunities to also expand and develop support systems for the staff and students joining Northern Health.
Northern Health Allied Health comprises more than 400 staff from 16 different disciplines:
- Nurtrition and Dietetics
- Exercise physiology
- Hand therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Pastoral Care
- Recreation therapy
- Social work
- Speech pathology
- Allied Health Assistants.
- Pastoral Care
Click here for Allied Health Organisation Structure
We have a strong commitment to fostering person-centred, interprofessional collaborative practice and encourage our clinicians to be evidence-based and critically reflective about the care provided to our community. We actively encourage each allied health staff member to make the most of available learning opportunities and adopt a life long learning approach to their own development.
To support Allied Health staff and ensure high quality care we have developed and implemented an Allied Health Supervision Framework. This program is supported with supervisor training and sets up an expectation that all allied health staff will participate in professional supervision that enhances their own development and the care available to our community.
For new graduates, we offer a structured Allied Health Graduate Program. This program, comprising sessions run over a year, complements the discipline specific orientation, induction and supervision available to new graduate staff. This interprofessional program aims to support the transition from student to health care professional for allied health staff in their first year of professional work.
Each Allied Health discipline also offers a range of inservices and specific professional development opportunities, and staff are able to access Northern Health wide programs available through Human Resources, clinical teams/programs or other areas of Northern Health.
Our belief in the importance of research, learning and applying the evidence in practice is demonstrated through a number of key positions in Allied Health such as: a Professorial position (joint appointment with LaTrobe University) and the Northern Health Education and Research team.
We train health professionals for the future – highly competent practitioners who are ready to effectively meet the challenges of working in health care. At Northern Health, we aim to offer rewarding and enjoyable student clinical placements that achieve the learning objectives. We provide students with many opportunities for personal and professional growth during clinical placements, encouraging the development of discipline specific and technical skills in a professional team context.
All of our clinical placements are negotiated and developed in collaboration with key training organisations (eg: Universities and TAFE providers) on an annual basis.
Please note: We do not negotiate placements directly with students.