Eyre Peninsula celebrates allied health professionals

Four simultaneous morning teas were held across the Eyre Peninsula today to celebrate Allied Health Professional Day for the first time.

Morning tea in Port Lincoln, Kimba, Ceduna and Streaky Bay was hosted for Allied Health Professionals and nursing and medical staff who work alongside them.

At the Port Lincoln event, Allied Health Professionals wore blue badges and allies (nursing and medical staff) wore pink badges.

Regional community health team leader for allied health Nicole Linsell said there were about 50 people across Eyre and Far North that worked for Country Health Connect (SA Health's allied services).

AHPs include speech pathologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, dietetics, and chemists.

The room was decorated with pink and blue streamers and balloons, and organisers Nicole Linsell, Holly Campbell and Michelle Schilling spoke at the event and introduced a video made by SA Health.

Executive director for allied and community health Holly Campbell said the motto of AHP Day was celebrate, appreciate, and inspire.

"This is our first celebration of AHP Day, it's awesome that we get to celebrate in our own LHN (Local Health Network) but also internationally," she said.

She said AHPs have an enormous impact on the health and wellbeing of local communities.

The grassroots celebration of AHP Day began in the United Kingdom when two clinicians began the event in 2017, and 2019 is the first year the event is being celebrated in Australia.