Allied health sector highlights

Download this snapshot to view the results of 566 respondents who selected ‘chiropractor, counsellor, creative therapies (music/art/play) practitioner, occupational therapist, osteopath, physiotherapist, psychologist, social worker, speech pathologist, or other allied health professional’ as their profession from 1,518 health, social and community services workers who took the 2020-21 National Workforce Survey.


  • Allied health professionals exposed to Emerging Minds resources reported higher capability in all subscales when compared to allied health professionals not exposed to Emerging Minds resources.
  • Although scores varied for profession type and sector, the highest scores were reported for childhood trauma and adversity capability. Other highly-rated capabilities were for skills in facilitating support, child mental health capability, having workplace support and child mental health practice. These were usually rated equal to or higher than the general workforce. Allied health professionals rated infant mental health capability lowest, scoring lower than the general workforce.
  • There were only minor differences between states and territories, with the largest disparity in scores being 0.8 for the ‘Infant mental health capability’ subscale. Similarly, there was low variation for workers in major cities compared to a regional or remote locations. Capability scores by different areas of disadvantage did not vary greatly.

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