Workshop: Allied Health Leadership – Building the Narrative

A selection of pre-conference workshops will be held through the 2021 NAHC Online Platform on Monday 9th August. 

Workshops are an additional expense and are open to both conference delegates and non-conference delegates.

Places are limited and bookings will be taken on a first come – first served basis.

Allied Health Leadership – Building the Narrative

Workshop Presenters: Luke Hockley, Cath Maloney, Donna Markham

Date: Monday 9 August

Time: 1000 – 12000


As Allied Health Clinicians we are uniquely positioned to promote our essential role in improving health and wellbeing. As leaders we need to build on the collective ability of allied health to impact change.  To collectively address issues of national importance to allied health practitioners and the Australian public the Australian Allied Health Leadership Forum (AAHLF) has identified the need for development of clear and consistent messaging via a strong narrative.

The unique strength of the AAHLF is its ability to provide a single collective view for allied health by bringing together key aspects and stakeholders of the Australian allied health sector and services. Members provide perspectives of:

This workshop is designed for allied health professionals from any discipline who are interested in contributing to building the narratives and strategies for promoting the essential role of Allied Health.  It will explore the significant opportunities to better integrate allied health services to improve the impact and sustainability of our health, aged care, disability service, and other vital social support systems.

The workshop will include a presentation on the work undertaken to date and the status of the allied health narrative as well as facilitated group sessions to inform the work of the AAHLF.

Luke Hockley

Midnight Sky

Cath Maloney


Cath has a background in physiotherapy with over 25 years of clinical experience prior to moving into health service management roles. Cath has worked in public sector, private and non-government settings including running her own practice, delivering allied health services across central and southern NSW. Cath completed a Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management), is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and Women and Leadership Australia. Over the past 12 years Cath has held leadership and management positions in state and Commonwealth government and with a remote Aboriginal Community-Controlled organisation, and served 6 years on the Board of a rurally-based Primary Health Network. Cath is now the CEO of SARRAH, a role she has held since April 2019.

Donna Markham

Chief Allied Health Officer, Victoria

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