VAHPA members ensure the effective running of our health system as well as ensuring that patients are provided with the best possible service and care. Our members also provide a number of other health related services to our community.
The Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association (VAHPA) is a specialist Union that promotes and defends the industrial, professional and democratic interests of a growing membership of around 4,500 members working in almost all areas of healthcare in Victoria, in both the public and private sectors.
As a not-for-profit association that is run by and for members, we encourage all Allied Health Professionals to join and be active in VAHPA.
VAHPA forms Branch Number 3 of the Health Services Union (HSU) in Victoria, which represents highly specialised degree-qualified allied health professionals working in the Victorian healthcare sector.
Prior to 2012, Branch 3 was merged with Branch 1 (today called the Health Workers Union) and HSU NSW to form an entity called “HSU East“.
In June 2012, following charges against former HSU East leaders Craig Thompson, Michael Williamson and Kathy Jackson for corruption and misappropriating union funds, the Federal Court placed HSU East into administration, de-merged the organisation and declared all elected positions vacant. In a subsequent internal election, a rank and file ticket, called “Clean Sweep”, stood for and won all elected positions in Branch 3.
A year later, in July 2013, Branch 3 was renamed and rebranded to the Victorian Health Professionals Association (VHPA) in an effort to distance itself from the old HSU. At this time, VHPA also moved to its West Melbourne office and adopted its current brand and identity. Two years after this, in July 2015, VHPA was renamed and rebranded slightly to its current name, the Victorian Allied Health Professionals Association.
VAHPA’s staunch activism, commitment to social justice and grassroots campaigning has continued to achieve strong industrial outcomes for its members in the public, private and community health sectors and has also seen the union’s membership continue to grow.
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- To achieve fairness, equality and opportunity in the workplace and the wider community
- To promote recognition and respect for the role of Allied Health Professionals in a caring community and a healthy society
- To create a healthcare system that supports Allied Health Professionals to deliver high-quality care in work that is meaningful and appropriately rewarded
- To improve the general well-being of Allied Health Professionals and seek a future for our members, families and communities that is equitable and sustainable
- To build a democratic organisation that delivers services and benefits to members efficiently
- To organise workplaces so that our members are empowered to achieve their professional objectives and industrial aspirations
- To win concrete improvements in the pay, conditions and rights of our members
- To provide leadership on professional issues including standards, innovation, education, funding, policy and legislative reform
- To form cooperative alliances with professional associations, unions and other organisations in pursuit of our members’ interests
Your Rights as Allied Health Professionals
- Decent wages and fair working conditions
- Secure employment and protection against unfair treatment in the workplace
- Employment that enables a balance between work and family
- Safe, secure and healthy workplaces free of harassment or discrimination
- Join and be represented by your Union and to bargain collectively
- Easy access to information and representation from your Union in the workplace
- Democratically appoint Union delegates and health and safety representatives
- Information and genuine consultation from employers on issues affecting your work
- Legal, ethical and environmentally sustainable conduct by your employer.