Allied Health Professions Act to be enforced next year

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad at the 12th Allied Health Scientific Conference 2018. (Bernama pic)

BANGI: The Allied Health Professions Act 2016 (Act 774) aimed at regulating the practice of allied health professions in the country will be enforced early next year, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Allied health professions are professions in the medical field that are distinct from medicine and nursing.

They include dental hygienists, dietitians, occupational therapists and radiographers.

Dzulkefly said the enforcement of Act 774, which was passed on Feb 4 2016, would help ensure the provision of quality health services to the people.

Dzulkefly said there were 23 categories of allied health professions under the health ministry, covering three major thrusts — clinical, health and general lab services.

“The healthcare system in Malaysia is becoming increasingly important as the number of infectious and non-communicable diseases in the country is on the rise, coupled with higher expectations from the people,” he said in his speech at the 12th Allied Health Scientific Conference 2018 here today.

According to Dzulkefly, with the enforcement of the act, all activities carried out by allied health practitioners would be regulated by the Malaysian Allied Health Professions Council.