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Allied health professionals and you

Finding an allied health professional

You can find an allied health professional through national contacts, professional associations or local contacts.

National contacts

OrganisationContact detailsDescription
National Dementia Helpline1800 100 500Talk to someone about dementia and find the help you need
My Aged Care1800 200 422The Australian Government’s advice line for older people
Allied Health SupportInformation on allied health and a link to finding an allied health professional near you
Caring for someoneInformation for carers, and a link to counselling
Carer Gateway1800 422 737
Carer Gateway website
Detailed information for carers
Carers Australia1800 242 636
Carers Australia website
The national peak body for carers provides advocacy, information, advice and counselling for carers
Dementia behaviour management advisory service1800 699 799A 24-hour service that provides family and carers of a person with dementia with support, advice and strategies on how to cope with changed behaviours
Healthdirect1800 022 222A 24-hour health advice line
Healthdirect topic listInformation about allied health professionals
National Health Service DirectoryNational Health Service Directory wesbiteSearch for some allied health professionals near you

Professional associations

Every allied health discipline has a national professional association. These are listed in the section ‘What allied health professionals do’. Many of those websites have a ‘how to find’ button so you can find an allied health professional by postcode.

Local contacts

Community health centres and hospitals

Local health services in each state and territory have information about their local allied health staff and may also be able to link you to private allied health professionals.

Your general practitioner

Many GP clinics employ allied health professionals. If not, your GP may be able to refer you to one locally. Ask your GP about a GP management plan, which provides a Medicare rebate for all or part of the fee of an allied health professional in private practice for a set number of sessions.

Your primary health network

Go to the primary health network map locator and find the phone number and web address of your primary health network. Contact them to find an allied health professional.

Other ways to find an allied health professional

Local newspapers and publications, internet search engines and the Yellow Pages may also list local allied health professionals.