Drawing on case studies from optometrists, physiotherapists, pedorthists and allied health assistants, this book offers an innovative comparison of allied health occupations in Australia and Britain. Adopting a theory of the sociology of health professions, it explores how the allied health professions can achieve their professional goals.
The allied health professions have gained legitimacy through the pursuit of research evidence and the standardisation of practice. Yet there remains very little analysis or understanding of these professions.
Adopting theory from the sociology of health professions, this unique text explores the sociological, economic, political and philosophical pressures that have shaped the professions. Drawing on case studies and examples from occupations including optometrists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists to emerging vocations, including pedorthists and allied health assistants, this book offers an innovative comparison of allied health professions in Australia and Britain.
By telling the story of their past, this original book prepares the allied health professions for a new and different future.
Susan Nancarrow is a health and higher education consultant and Adjunct Professor at the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University in Australia. Susan is a health services researcher and allied health professional.
Alan Borthwick OBE is Emeritus Professor at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Southampton, UK and Adjunct Professor at the School of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Cross University in Australia. Alan is an allied health professional and sociologist.
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