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What is it?

The AHA model involves using local Allied Health Assistants to provide therapeutic support to Participants under the guidance of Senior Consultant Therapists.



  • 2 joint Therapist/AHA sessions per year (6 monthly)
  • Regular AHA sessions


  • 4 joint Therapist/AHA sessions per year (12 weekly)
  • Regular AHA sessions

Inclusions (all models)

  • Initial Assessment by Senior Therapist.
  • Participant Service Plan: Comprehensive Therapy plan outlining goals, outcome measures and plan for the year.
  • Network Resource: Therapy plan with strategies to be used by the AHA and the Participants family/network. It will be used as a reference in collaboration meetings and network communications.
  • Collaboration: Each Therapist meets with each AHA fortnightly to review all participants, complete progress notes in plan and send update to network/participant.
  • Joint sessions: Joint sessions occur Face to Face or Telehealth between the AHA, Senior Therapist and Participant. It is recommended that Families/Network are present.
  • Regular AHA sessions at school, home or in the clinic.


Attracting and retaining experienced Senior Allied Health Therapists is often difficult in a rural setting. The AHA model offers more sustainability and allows more clients to benefit from Senior Therapist input.

Benefits of AHA Model:

  • Helps address long waitlists and travel costs.
  • Ongoing safe and effective therapy by someone who understands and is part of the community.
  • Senior Therapists input into all assessments and planning.
  • Allows more frequent and ongoing support for both participants and their families.
  • Offer more sustainable, continuity of service by addressing by difficulty in recruiting and retaining in regional areas.
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