ENHANCING THE ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSION

MOH continues to work with public healthcare clusters, community care organisations and Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) to train, attract and retain allied health professionals.

“There needs to be good career prospects and opportunities for professional development, conducive workplace environment, and salaries will have to be competitive,” said Ms Rahayu.

Public healthcare institutions had increased the starting salaries of allied health professionals in 2023. Since 2021, MOH has also supported salary enhancements in the community care sector, including for allied health professionals.

Earlier this month, MOH published salary guidelines for the community care sector, including allied health professionals. The guidelines aim to provide greater transparency about wages in the sector and help organisations attract and retain talent.

Over the last 10 years, the intake for allied health professional courses has doubled from around 270 to 500, Ms Rahayu said.

“In respect of foreign allied health professionals, we also value them and if they demonstrate their commitment to Singapore, we are also prepared to grant them PR (permanent residence) status,” she added.

There are also healthcare career conversion programmes for mid-career locals to undergo relevant training for selected allied health professions.

“So these are some of the efforts we’ve put in place to enhance and actually uplift the standing of the profession within the community.”

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