The HSU’s large and diverse membership not only comprises administration and support staff in private and public health, but also Allied Health Professionals.
This has been a fast-growing space, with 2022 a particularly busy year. Members are coming together to speak about change and improvement themselves, their colleagues, and others within their profession and classification. Their purpose was clear – improvements for all, to provide better quality care for their patients and community. One member, Ellie, a radiographer from Nepean Hospital, spoke about what she and her colleagues are facing:
“We are tired. We are overworked. We need change to happen.”
Outdated classifications and awards, stagnant pay, and lack of support from management are some of the challenges our Allied Health members are currently facing.
Change only comes from action and standing together, and HSU members know the importance of standing up and fighting back. In October, we celebrated International Allied Health Professions Day, with one of our own, HSU member Aaron OCallaghan, winning the Early Career Allied Health Professional of the Year Award for 2021.
Allied Health Professionals are a vital part of our health system. Whether you’re a radiation therapist, a psychologist, a speech pathologist, an orthoptist or one of so many other professions that make up our Allied Health workforce - union members across Australia see you and value the work that you do.