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Increasing numbers of young workers in Singapore are opting to become allied health professionals (AHPs), with a mission to care for the nation’s ageing population.
Singapore’s National Healthcare Group (NHG) has benefited from this trend, with AHPs aged 24 years and below comprising 12% of its 2000-strong pool in 2014, up from only 1% in 2010.
Over the same period of four years, the number of degree holders among AHPs increased by 31% while there was sharp growth (66%) in the number of diploma holders as well.
The rise in the number of young Singaporeans becoming AHPs might be credited to “greater awareness and more comprehensive training programmes,” as well as scholarships available for them to pursue further education at local or overseas universities.
The report defines AHPs as a group of healthcare experts specialising in various fields, including physiotherapy, oral health therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, radiography, and dietetics.
“We believe that more young people view the allied health profession as a rewarding and challenging career that provides good growth prospects,” said Olivia Tay, NHG’s group chief HR officer.
“Evolving job scopes also mean that AHPs have much more room to grow, with a stable of professional training courses available to help them advance in their careers.”