Due to the wide variety of roles in the allied health industry, the day-to-day tasks you can expect to perform will vary, depending on your career path and area of specialisation. However, all allied health roles are centred on the client, and work to support the client to drive their own care and flourishing. As a result, you can expect to perform the following tasks in an allied health role:
- Conducting an individual evaluation, to determine the client’s capacity and goals;
- Designing customised interventions for the client, in order to improve their ability to accomplish tasks and achieve their goals; and
- Conducting an outcomes evaluation to track progress against goals and ensure the intervention plan is working effectively.
In performing these tasks, you may visit the client’s home to observe and assess their environment, talk to the client and their family, perform exercises and activities with the client, recommend and supply items to assist the client in achieving their goals, and maintain written documentation of the interventions conducted and the client’s progress against their goals.
Allied health is considered a holistic health service, which focuses on adapting a person’s environment to fit the client. As such, the client is an integral part of the therapeutic process, and a successful allied health professional will work to support the client to unlock their own potential and meaningfully engage in all aspects of their life.