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Chief Allied Health Officer

The Chief Allied Health Officer (CAHO) is a pivotal leadership and liaison role across the State between the State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP), Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Offices, Health Services, Employers, Educators and AT Practitioners.

The CAHO provides leadership for all matters related to professional governance and AT Practitioner credentialing. This includes oversight of the SWEP AT Practitioner Registration and Credentialing Framework ensuring it is robust, credible and appropriate for the funding bodies to have confidence in the competency of SWEP registered AT Practitioners.
The Clinical Advisor panel reports directly to the CAHO providing expert advice on all matters related to Assistive Technology.

Donna Markham is the Chief Allied Health Officer for Victoria and Chief Allied Health Officer for the Statewide Equipment Program. As a qualified Occupational Therapist, she has worked in the healthcare sector for approximately 15 years.

Donna is recognised as one of Victoria's leaders in allied health and has led many significant allied health reforms, workforce development changes and research projects and publications. Donna also led the implementation of the Allied Health Credentialing, Competency and Capability Framework.

Donna was formerly the Chief Allied Health Officer at Monash Health. She has worked in both public and private health in a variety of senior management and leadership roles and was honoured to become a finalist for the Telstra Victorian Young Business Women's Award in 2014.

Donna is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Williamson Community Leadership Program and the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Clinical Advisors

What are Clinical Advisory Panels?

The SWEP Clinical Advisory Panels consist of Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts who are recognised leaders in their clinical field and a critical component of the clinical governance for SWEP.

The Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts support the function of the Chief Allied Health Officer, SWEP by providing a panel of expert advice for each category of assistive technology or key components of professional governance.

Clinical Advisors and Subject Matter Experts ensure AT item applications across the State is safe, consistent, and of highest possible quality. Clinical Advisors are highly skilled and qualified health professionals with demonstrable high level experience in prescription and fitting of AT items in their specific realm of expertise.


Clinical Advisor Area of Expertise

Subject Matter Experts include:

To view the SWEP Clinical Advisor and Subject Matter Expert profiles, please select an area of expertise from the above to see the list of Advisors.

Click here to view our Clinical Advisor & Subject Matter Expert FAQ.

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