Get paid for your Professional Development – Apply today!

Are you a practicing, registered member? If so you could be paid for your professional development expenses.

The Allied Health Professional Development Fund was established to supportProfessionals like you who are making important contributions to Ontario’s Healthcare system.Take advantage of this opportunity now. Think about completing a course or workshop. Why not think about attending a conference such as RTSO, CSRT, OHA Health Achieve, Critical Care Canada, ORCS education sessions, Better Breathing, or any other education sessionMaybe you are working away at your Degree, Masters, PHD, Asthma/COPD Educator. Or now may be the time to think about a quick CPR, NRP, PALS, or ACLS recertification.This is free education!

In the spring of 2007 the RTSO was thrilled to learn that after months of ongoing communication with Health Force Ontario we would be added to the Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF). We were also given a position on the steering committee to participate in all fund decisions and distribution. The steering committee has also worked to create access for all members to an Electronic Health Library through the AHPDF website.

During the 2007-2008 funding year RT’s only used 47% of our available pool of money, but during the 2008-2009 year usage of the fund has grown and RT’s were able to use 107% of their available funds, by dipping in to unused funds. Let’s continue this usage for the 2009-2010 funding year.

Allied Health Professional Development Fund

The government of Ontario recognizes and values the important contribution made by allied health professionals to the health care system. The Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF) is a Health Force Ontario (HFO) initiative designed to ensure the people of Ontario have access to the right number and mix of health care professionals, now and in the future.

The eligible allied health professions are:

  • Audiology
  • Dietetics
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Radiation Technology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • RespiratoryTherapy
  • Speech-Language Pathology

For the fourth consecutive year, the government of Ontario is providing financial support for health professionals through the AHPDF. Practicing members of nine allied health professions will be able to apply for as much as $1,500 for professional development courses and programs. The purpose of the fund is to develop skills and enhance knowledge and leadership capacity among allied health professionals. This year, the fund will continue to provide grants for professional development opportunities completed between April 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010.

To further support professional development, the Fund has invested in a subscription to an Electronic Health Library. Access to this resource by eligible professionals will foster uptake of the most recent health care literature to help determine the best approach to evidence-based practice.

Health Force Ontario’s Application Guide

Health Force Ontario’s Application Form