Health Canada is funding a project through the Association of Canadian Community Colleges to develop a blueprint strategy to sustain the supply of allied health professionals.
NUPGE’s Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat had urged Health Canada to develop such a strategy after noting the growing shortages of health professionals across the country.
Allied health providers are defined as “highly skilled health professionals who delivery key diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitation, home care, long term care and other clinical services essential to sustaining an efficient and effective health care system.”
The ACCC says factor affecting that demand include changes in patient populations, advances in medical technology and knowledge, patterns of clinical practice and demographics within individual health professions.
To read more about the project, go to http://www.accc.ca/english/services/alliedhealth/index.htm