JOSHUA,
MUSIC FANATIC
WITH A HEARING PROBLEM

Like any 15-year-old, Joshua loves slapping on his headphones and cranking up the volume to his favourite tunes. The louder the beats, the better the song. One day in class, Joshua noticed a persistent ringing in his ears. After several sleepless nights, his concerned mum took him to see a doctor who referred him to an audiologist for an examination.

MEGAN,
COPING WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES

Cared for by doting parents and grandparents, Megan grew up spoilt and had her way with most things including too many soft drinks and too much candy. An unhealthy diet made her overweight and sluggish. After Megan complained of constant fatigue and tingling in her hands, her parents took her to see a doctor. She was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and referred to a dietitian for dietary counselling.

SEAN,
HARDCORE GAMER WITH
TIRED EYES

To his friends, Sean, straight A student, was a walking Wikipedia on tech gadgets and gaming. When he wasn't studying, he was slaying zombies online. Sean often ignored his mother's nagging to spend less time on the computer. At a routine checkup, Sean's family doctor noticed him squinting and referred him to an orthoptist for investigation.

RAJA,
FLAT-FOOTED FOOTBALL PLAYER

Since he was a little boy, Raja dreamt of being a member of the Singapore Lions. Despite having flat feet, he worked hard and made it to the national squad. But the intense training took its toll and he began feeling pain in his ankles and heels. Raja decided to see a podiatrist for help.

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TECK LIM,
LIVING WITH SLEEP APNOEA

For many months, Teck Lim constantly felt tired no matter how many hours he slept. His wife complained about his loud snoring and urged him to see a doctor. Teck Lim was diagnosed with sleep apnoea, a serious condition involving breathing difficulties during sleep. He was referred to a respiratory therapist to help relieve his condition.

WEE BOON,
STRUGGLING WITH ANAEMIA

Wee Boon was often described as the scrawny guy with a pale complexion. Friends and family advised him to consult a doctor. He thought nothing of it until he started a new job and began to feel persistent fatigue, dizziness and shortness of breath. Suspecting it was more than just new job jitters, he went to see a doctor. His blood sample was analysed by a medical technologist.

MADAM LIM,
STROKE SURVIVOR

With adult children providing for her and adorable grandchildren keeping her busy, Madam Lim was the envy of her friends. Unfortunately, a stroke left her bedridden and unable to speak or eat properly. As part of her treatment, a speech therapist worked with Madam Lim, and soon she was back to her chatty self.

BENNY,
BORN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY

When Benny was born, his parents were told by doctors that he would have difficulties controlling his muscles and coordinating his movement. Determined to have Benny grow up like any other boy, his parents consulted a team of medical and allied health professionals, including a prosthetist and orthotist, to help Benny prepare for his journey ahead.

NICK,
CYCLIST WITH A SPINAL INJURY

An avid and competitive cyclist, Nick spent most of his time after school training to improve his performance. A horrific road accident left him with severe injuries to his spine and bedridden. With the support of his family and medical team, Nick is determined to walk again. He sees an occupational therapist as part of his rehabilitation to regain his independence.

FAIZAL,
STRESSED-OUT EXECUTIVE

Working over 12 hours a day for a demanding boss in a multinational company with offices across different time zones, Faizal found it increasingly hard to breathe due to stress and anxiety. One day, he finally buckled under the pressure and suffered a panic attack in front of his colleagues. Concerned, his wife persuaded him to see a doctor who referred him to a clinical psychologist.

PEI QI,
BATTLING CANCER

Jovial and optimistic in nature, Pei Qi always looked at the brighter side of life. She chose to battle her diagnosis and treatment of advanced ovarian cancer with a smile. Pei Qi underwent several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. As a result, she often jokes that she is now best friends with her radiation therapist.

MEI HUA,
COFFEESHOP AUNTIE
WITH FINANCIAL CONCERNS

Despite being 60 years old and suffering from arthritic knees, Mei Hua still works every day at her neighbourhood coffeeshop to make ends meet. Her adult children have families of their own and are not able to contribute much as they too are struggling with rising living costs. With her upcoming doctor's appointment, Mei Hua decided to seek help from a medical social worker.

ANU,
MARATHONER WITH
A BAD ANKLE

Anu's day was incomplete without a run. She was an avid runner and often competed in marathons. So when an old ankle injury prevented her from completing a race, a frustrated Anu consulted a doctor who referred her to a diagnostic radiographer to identify the source of the problem.

SHARIFF,
OVERWORKED TAXI DRIVER

For 12 hours a day, six days a week, Shariff is in his taxi plying the roads, hoping to earn as much as possible during his shift. Over the years, he felt the aches in his neck, shoulders and back worsen. Shariff decided to take his doctor's advice and went to see a physiotherapist to relieve his pain.

WHY HEALTHCARE?

MANY PATHS, ONE CAREER

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1. WHAT DO ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS DO?

The Allied Health Professionals are an integral part of the healthcare team, working alongside doctors and nurses to provide seamless continuum of care to patients. Allied Health Professionals are regarded as experts in their fields of practice and are required to make independent assessments and decisions about the choice of treatment for patients.

  • Audiologists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Diagnostic Radiographers
  • Dietitians
  • Medical Technologists
  • Medical Social Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Orthoptists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Prosthetists & Orthotists
  • Radiation Therapists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Speech Therapists

2. I'VE FINISHED MY 'A' LEVELS. WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS IF I WANT A CAREER IN ALLIED HEALTH?

You have a range of education options from basic certification to post-graduate studies when you choose allied health as a career:

3. WHAT ARE THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN ALLIED HEALTH?

Every Allied Health Professional (AHP) has different strengths and interests. Whichever career path you choose, there will be ample opportunities for you to develop your clinical expertise, and gain enriching exposure and experience in clinical work, quality education and research as you progress.

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4. ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS / SPONSORSHIPS FOR ALLIED HEALTH COURSES? HOW DO I APPLY FOR THEM?

Yes, the public sector offers scholarships and sponsorships for aspiring Allied Health Professionals. Find out more on Healthcare Scholarships.

The Healthcare Merit Scholarship (HMS) is awarded to outstanding students with strong leadership abilities. This premier scholarship, offered by the Ministry of Health, gives you the opportunity to study nursing or allied health disciplines in local and overseas universities. You should:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident who will take up citizenship before embarking on studies
  • Achieve outstanding GCE 'A' level results (with at least 10 academic units offered), polytechnic diploma with merit or equivalent qualifications, e.g. International Baccalaureate (IB) or high school diploma
  • Have a passion for public healthcare sector
  • Demonstrate strong leadership qualities and excellent communication skills
  • Possess a good Co-Curricular Activities record

The Healthcare Merit Award (HMA) is awarded to students with excellent academic track records to pursue degree programmes in nursing or allied health disciplines in local and overseas universities. You should:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident who will take up citizenship before embarking on studies
  • Possess good GCE 'A' level results (offered at least 10 academic units), polytechnic diploma with merit or equivalent qualifications, e.g. International Baccalaureate (IB) or high school diploma
  • Have a passion for public healthcare sector and strong communication skills
  • Have good Co-Curricular Activities record

The Healthcare Graduate Studies Award (HGSA) is offered to final year undergraduates or recent university graduates who are keen to pursue a Master's degree in selected health science disciplines. You should:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident who will take up citizenship before embarking on studies;
  • Possess a good university degree (2nd upper honours or equivalent); and
  • Have a strong interest in a career in the public healthcare sector

The public healthcare clusters also offer sponsorships to students to study selected allied health disciplines at the degree level in universities. The sponsorships provide students with monthly allowances throughout their studies and graduates will be able to serve in the public healthcare clusters upon their graduation from the programmes.

Alexandra Health System (AHS)Eastern Health Alliance (EHA)Jurong Health Services (JHS)National Healthcare Group (NHG)National University Health System (NUHS), and Singapore Health Services (Singhealth)

5. WHERE CAN I WORK?

As an Allied Health Professional, you can work in diverse healthcare institutions such as acute hospitals, community hospitals, polyclinics, home care and long term residential care facilities. In the public sector, there are six healthcare clusters that manage a variety of healthcare services.

Allied Health Professionals can also work in Community Care. The Agency for Integrated Care works with Community Care providers to coordinate efforts in care integration so that patients can access appropriate care in the healthcare system. Find out more here.

6. WHAT IS THE STARTING SALARY OF AN ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL?

In the public healthcare sector, the annual starting salary (including bonuses and allowance) for Allied Health Professionals is about $40,000 for diploma holders and about $47,100 for degree holders.

7. WHAT ARE THEIR WORK HOURS? ARE ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS ABLE TO MAINTAIN A GOOD WORK-LIFE HARMONY?

Yes, generally, most Allied Health Professionals are able to maintain good work-life harmony. Depending on the nature of the allied health practice and the patient groups (inpatient or outpatient), there may be Allied Health Professional groups who are required to work on shifts and weekends. A typical Allied Health Professional work schedule is 8.30am - 6pm in a restructured hospital and Allied Heath Professionals also enjoy 21 leave days and other Human Resource leave benefits.

8. HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A JOB ATTACHMENT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONS?

You may apply for the Healthcare Attachment Programme (HAP) for Junior College and Polytechnic students to undergo job-shadowing / attachments in our public healthcare institutions during the months of January and June each year. In addition, students can also sign up for the Healthcare Discovery Tours, Hospital Open Houses, and Healthcare Immersion Camps etc. To know keep updated, follow Care To Go Beyond and Healthcare Scholarships on Facebook.

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