Allied Health

The Chief Allied Health Office (CAHO) is the professional and strategic representative for Allied Health at ACT Health.

Office of the Chief Allied Health Officer

The Chief Allied Health Officer (CAHO) is the professional and strategic representative for allied health. The Chief Allied Health Officer is Ms Helen Matthews. Helen leads the Office of the Chief Allied Health Officer (OCAHO) and is part of the Office of Professional Leadership and Education (OPLE) in the ACT Health Directorate, located at Bowes St, Woden.

The Office informs, guides and advocates for the ACT allied health workforce and provides evidence based advice on a range of local, national and international issues relevant to the allied health workforce. The Office also works with allied health professionals across the ACT, as well as with nursing, midwifery and medical colleagues. 

At a national level, the Chief Allied Health Officer is a member of the National Allied Health Advisers and Chief Officers Committee with Allied Health Chiefs from other jurisdictions across Australia. The Office also works closely with consumers, peak bodies, professional agencies, education providers and regulators.

Current initiatives:

Free online professional development activities

A commitment to lifelong learning is common to all health practitioners. The free courses listed below may support ACT health professionals to meet ongoing professional development requirements. The purpose of this resource is to provide a common point of information sharing between health practitioners. This resource does not aim to be an exhaustive or definitive list of professional development opportunities however we welcome suggestions. Practitioners are also encouraged to seek further education opportunities via their supervisor/ manager, relevant Professional Associations and Boards. 

Disclaimer:  Please note that the courses listed below are not endorsed by the ACT Health Directorate. The list and links will be reviewed quarterly by the Chief Allied Health Office.

Topic Name of course Link
Children’s mental health Emerging Minds


Understanding Dementia – MOOC - UTAS

Preventing Dementia -MOOC - UTAS 

Dementia Training Australia

Digital health

Australian Digital Health Agency – My Health Record

Australian Digital Health Agency


Medicines and medical tests, regulation

NPS MedicineWise

Therapeutic Goods Administration

Mental Health

Mental Health Practitioners Network

Mental Health Professional Online Development Learning Portal

Multiple sclerosis MS


Food as Medicine (Monash Uni)

Food and Mood (Deakin Uni)

Pacific Open Learning Health Net Various - Developed by WHO and Pacific Ministries of Health
Palliative care Palliative Care Skills

Parkinson’s disease Overview & Management of Parkinson’s Disease

Psychology     Understanding Anxiety, Depression and CBT


AHPRA podcast series.

1. Taking care: A podcast of conversations about public safety and health care (also available on Spotify)

Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics

iCAHE PD courses on EBP and Research Methodology
Writing an abstract

Risk Management ACTIA Risk Management Training (only available to staff of ACT Directorates)

Suicide prevention QPR –training

Various     Safer Care Victoria

Online webinars and face to face events

Other free professional development resource sites

Contact us

If you would like to recommend a free professional development activity to the Chief Allied Health Office or provide feedback on the existing list – please complete the 4 minute survey or you can email

The Office of the Chief Allied Health Officer Team

The team includes:

  • Chief Allied Health Officer
  • Allied Health Workforce Initiatives Coordinator
  • Allied Health Workforce Development Officer 

Contact Us

Office of the Chief Allied Health Officer, Office of Professional Leadership and Education, ACT Health Directorate


Telephone: (02) 5124 9545

Postal address
ACT Health
GPO Box 825
Canberra City ACT 2601

Page last updated on: 12 Dec 2019