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Career structure

Queensland Health Australia employs a broad range of allied health professionals, who work together to provide optimum health care. Allied health disciplines include:

  • audiology
  • clinical measurement science
  • exercise physiology
  • music therapy
  • nuclear medicine technology
  • nutrition / dietetics 
  • occupational therapy 
  • optometry
  • orthotics and prosthetics
  • pharmacy
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry
  • psychology
  • radiation therapy
  • radiography / medical imaging
  • social work
  • sonography
  • speech pathology.

Career structure and progression

Queensland Health understands the importance for allied health professionals to continuously develop skills and further develop their career.

In Queensland Health, all allied health professionals are employed under an eight level Health Practitioner (HP) structure.  This is based on minimum qualification, skill and knowledge requirements.  Clinical, education and research positions range from levels HP3 to HP7, while managerial positions range from HP4 to HP8.  Advancement within each level occurs by one increment each year, provided annual performance appraisal is satisfactory.  To progress to a higher level, you must apply directly for jobs when they are advertised.

Many allied health professionals in Queensland Health are employed at a level of HP3 or HP4.  Jobs at a level of HP5 and above are either specialised clinical jobs, or jobs with a high level of formal managerial responsibility. 

The types of responsibilities performed by HP3 and HP4 allied health professionals are described below.  This information may help interstate or international allied health professionals to estimate their level if employed by Queensland Health, Australia.

Health Practitioner 3 (HP3) 

New graduate allied health professionals commence at level HP3. As qualified clinicians, health professionals employed at this level are required to demonstrate at least a competent level of professional knowledge and skill, and should be able to independently undertake routine clinical practise as a member of a professional and/or multidisciplinary team.

It is expected in the early developmental stages of a career, close supervision from senior clinicians will be required. As experience builds and clinicians move through the higher increment levels, clinical decisions and problem solving are made by exercising increasingly independent clinical judgement.

Health Practitioner 4 (HP4) 

HP4 jobs are divided into a clinical or a managerial stream. Clinical jobs may have a clinical, education or research focus, or may involve elements of all three.  Health professionals within this classification should demonstrate high level knowledge, skills, experience and clinical leadership within the professional and/or multidisciplinary team.  Duties undertaken are of a complex and varied nature, the majority of which are performed with a high degree of independence.  Alternatively, individuals may be a sole practitioner who is required to exercise independent professional judgement on a daily basis and take on administrative or managerial responsibilities.

Managerial jobs demonstrate clinical expertise in conjunction with formal managerial responsibility, with the ability to perform duties with a high degree of independence and little to no direct clinical practice supervision.  These positions would also have operational or resource management responsibility of small discipline teams.

Further information about the Health Practitioners structure can be found in the Health Practitioners' (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No. 2) 2011 (HPEB2).

Last updated: 11 June 2014