Allied Health – Selling our value

Purposes of the workshop:

  1. To gain insights on the value of allied health from the perspective of a consumer, a Director of Allied Health, a Chief Executive HHS, and the Deputy Director General Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Division DoH, who will respond to the questions:
  • Where and how does allied health provide value (that is, value based health care as well as services that are valued by the facility/service/system), and,
  • How do we measure, demonstrate and promote that value?
  1. Develop practical solutions to common situations such as where the value of an allied health service is ambiguous or not well demonstrated.



Part 1:  Perspectives and panel discussion
Speaker 1:  Peter Buttrum, Executive Director Allied Health Professions, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland 20 mins
Speaker 2:  Steve Williamson, Chief Executive, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service 20 mins

Speaker 3:  Nick Steele, Deputy Director General, Healthcare Purchasing and System Performance Division Department of Health

Nick Steele has held executive positions in the NHS and Queensland for over 15 years. As the current Deputy Director-General he is responsible for managing the budget for purchasing health and hospital services and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of health outcomes as specified in HHS Service Agreements and contracts with NGO service providers and the private sector.

Nick holds an Economics degree from The University of Leeds, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has dual membership with CPA Australia and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy in the UK.

20 mins
Speaker 4:  Consumer 20 mins
BREAK 20 mins
Facilitated panel discussion 30 mins
Part 2:  Workshop local issues in roundtable discussions
Participants will workshop common issues at table groups, bringing instances from their experiences of where the value of an allied health service is ambiguous or not well demonstrated. 30 mins
Identify strategies that work and formulate strategic paper with recommendations on how to design and demonstrate the value of allied health, including how to engage more with consumers, the community and with allied health providers outside the public sector. 30 mins


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