The Australasian Allied Health Benchmarking Consortium (AAHBC) was convened in 1997 as the National Allied Health Benchmarking Consortium (NAHBC) to develop a standardised method of recording allied health practitioners’ activity in Australia’s public hospitals.
Its current aim is to enable a network of collaborative teaching hospitals to develop and maintain a standardised approach to benchmarking and subsequently improved practices. AAHBC provides input into allied health and whole of health strategies and projects through the utilisation of quality data sets and the combined input of experienced members across the network of participating hospitals.
AAHBC members share information freely within the group, but consent is required for any external distribution of data, reports or projects.
AAHBC membership is currently comprised of both Australian and New Zealand hospitals/hospital networks as well as representatives from The Health Roundtable. The group meets via monthly teleconference and has a face-to-face meeting annually.
There is an annual cost of membership which covers meeting incidentals and costs incurred in the completion of specific projects (e.g. Annual data compliance audit, Staffing Model development).
Application for AAHBC membership requires a number of specific criteria to be met. Applications provided by prospective members are presented at a AAHBC monthly meeting and voted on accordingly. In addition, all current AAHBC members are required to provide evidence of meeting these criteria on an annual basis.
- Established allied health governance structure
- Tertiary or teaching hospital with approximately 250 beds with significant annual separations
- Allied health data collected using the Australian Allied Health Classification System
- Allied health data collection system/s in place
- Allied Health membership of The Health Roundtable is beneficial and therefore encouraged.