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Purpose

HealthForceOntario provides financial support for health professionals through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund. The purpose of the fund is to develop clinical skills and enhance knowledge and leadership capacity among allied health professionals. Practicing members of nine allied health professions are eligible to apply for as much as $1,500 per year for professional development courses and programs.

Objectives

The Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF) improves health care professionals’ access to professional development (PD) activities in order to:

  • Advance clinical practice knowledge and skills to continuously improve the quality of patient care
  • Contribute to the provision of more effective and efficient health care service delivery
  • Advance clinical practices in priority health care areas identified in Patients First: An Action Plan for Health Care
  • Integrate evidence into professional practice
  • Assist health care professionals to become change agents and to adapt to changing expectations and patient health care needs

Allied Health Professionals Eligible for Funding

  • Audiologists
  • Dietitians
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists

 

Governance

The Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF) is directed by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives of regulatory colleges and professional associations. The mandate of the Steering Committee is to ensure the success of the fund by guiding the design, development, implementation, eligibility and evaluation criteria of the AHPDF, and providing collaborative advice and guidance to the fund administrator.

Funding is allocated on a quarterly basis to each eligible profession based upon size of membership. In the event that the request for funds in any quarter exceeds the funding allocated to the profession for that quarter, eligible unfunded applications for the quarter will be placed on hold until the end of the fiscal year (March 31) and considered at that time should funding allow. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the funding process and other important topics.

Operations

The administrator operates the fund in accordance with the rules established by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in consultation with the fund's Steering Committee. The administrator assesses applications based on the information that applicants provide, in accordance with these rules. Should an applicant dispute a decision, the applicant may submit a written request for a reassessment of the application as soon as possible after the notification has been received. The Director of the fund the will review the application and notify the applicant of the final decision.
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