Allied Health Leaders: Australian Public Sector Health Boards and Top Management Teams Report (2016)

Rosalie. A. Boyce & Paul. T. Jackway (2016), Allied Health Leaders: Australian Public Sector Health Boards and Top Management Teams. Report to the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services (Office of the Chief Allied Health Advisor), Melbourne, Australia (pp.58).

The Full Report is available HERE. (DHHS website),

Selected Findings:

Australian public sector health service delivery organisations – Top Management Teams (TMT) and Boards. [130 organisations in Australia]

  • 34 of 129 organisations have named positions on the TMT for all professions (allied health, medical and nursing)
  • 70% of TMTs have no named leadership position for allied health
  • There are 3 times as many leadership positions on TMTs for named medical positions compared to allied health
  • There are 2.7 times as many leadership positions on TMTs for named nursing positions compared to allied health
  • 5% of organisations have no named TMT leadership positions for any health profession
  • 37 of 129 organisations have a Director of Allied Health on the TMT
  • 10 Chief Executive Officers (CEO) have an allied health background (8%)
  • 30% of Board members have health qualifications
  • 52% of health qualified Board members have medical backgrounds
  • 27% of health qualified Board members have nursing backgrounds
  • 21% of health qualified Board members have allied health backgrounds
  • Board members with allied health backgrounds came from 11 different professions
  • Allied health has an ‘access gap’ rather than an ‘engagement gap’ on TMTs and Boards
  • The “problem” is both of low absolute numbers and low proportion relative to other health professions

The Full Report is available HERE. (DHHS website),

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