Allied Health

We employ over 2400 Allied Health professionals across all areas of Auckland DHB, making up over 20% of our workforce. Our largest pockets of employment sit within Child Health, Mental Health, Perioperative services and Clinical Support.

We recruit a vast array of talented and motivated professionals from physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech language therapists, dieticians, psychologists, pharmacists and technicians, radiographers and sonographers, play specialists and many more.

With new and evolving roles always in demand as we strive to deliver our vision of healthier communities; world-class healthcare achieved together. We recruit from across the globe to meet the needs of the population we serve.

We’re a friendly and dedicated group, offering fantastic support for new joiners allowing our people the ability to progress their professional growth, giving access to clinical supervision, mentorship, a comprehensive in-service training programme and funded CPD activities (Education Fund, Innovation, Learning and Development Fund).

Champion Research

Help transform the future of healthcare

We have the ability to champion or be part of research projects and innovations which can transform our service offering striving for better outcomes for our patients and their whānau. And recognise and celebrate these fantastic achievements through both our Health Scientific & Technical Awards and Health Excellence Awards.

PREP2 predicts upper limb function after stroke

Clinical Algorithm

Physiotherapists at Auckland DHB had no objective, prognostic tools to tell in advance how much a stroke patient’s hand and arm function could be improved with therapy. This has changed dramatically improved due to a long-standing research collaboration between the University of Auckland and Auckland DHBs Neurology and Allied Health teams.

Using a clinical algorithm called PREP2 (Predicting REcovery Potential). The results showed that when clinical teams looking after the patients were provided with the PREP2 prediction of the patient’s outcome, their patients were, on average, able to be discharged from hospital one week earlier compared to patients treated in the absence of PREP2 predictions. Importantly, this was not at the expense of patient outcomes, indicating that PREP2 information can safely improve rehabilitation efficiency.

The key advantage of targeting rehabilitation is that the clinical team can invest its energy into setting goals and providing therapies that are appropriate for a patient’s expected recovery and help to reduce our patients recovery time.

Orthopaedic patients getting the right care sooner

Offering faster access to care

Patients are now getting access to the right care faster. An Allied health clinician is now working at the top of scope in the orthopaedic clinic, to effectively free up surgical capacity, patients can be seen sooner and surgical capacity optimised for patients who are more likely to require surgery.

Working with five cross functional areas allows for faster access to care and can be applied to multiple orthopaedic conditions and a range of other surgical services.