The Allied Health Public to Private (P2P) project aims to provide people requiring allied health services with assessment and treatment within clinically appropriate times. The demand for quality allied health services is growing each year so to enable improvements for timely access to appropriate allied health services, SLHD has partnered with the PHN to establish care pathways to private allied health providers. It is intended that this will increase access to allied health for our growing population within SLHD.

The SLHD Podiatry department and Nutrition and Dietetics department have been identified as priority allied health services for the P2P project. Due to the volume of SLHD patients, patients with less serious clinical conditions will be recommended to see private allied health professionals if they are not financially disadvantaged. Both private and public services need to work together to meet the community needs.

CESPHN has created the P2P Project service directories, which includes the details of private allied health providers such as initial consultation cost, availability of home visits and bulk billing services. The directories are made available to SLHD allied health providers as resources for patients who are recommended to access private allied health services.

P2P private dietitian directory

P2P podiatry directory

Private health professionals should be equally aware they can and should escalate patients to SLHD services where there is a high clinical need. People who have significant foot problems (such as acute Charcot's neuroarthropathy, complicated diabetic foot ulcers) are recommended to access to multidisciplinary High Risk Foot Services. Other patients who have high clinical need but experience finanical barriers to receive necessary care can be referred to public podiatry services in their area.

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