In addition to the emotional fulfilment of making a difference in others’ lives, a career as an Allied Health Professional (AHP) is full of opportunities. AHPs care for patients and, in some cases, make independent assessments about the choice of treatment for them. Experts in their fields of practice, AHPs are an integral part of Singapore’s healthcare system.
Sengkang General Hospital
Here are your options when you choose allied health as a career:
To be a/an
You need a
Singapore Society of Radiographers
You will use scientific knowledge of food and human nutrition to help individuals, groups and communities maintain and achieve good health.
Additional requirements:A six-month clinical internship for all graduates
Medical Social Worker
You will use sophisticated equipment to analyse blood, cells, DNA/RNA and body fluids to aid doctors in diagnosing clinical conditions.
You will work with patients to relieve their pain, improve muscle strength, joint range and mobility, thus improving their cardiorespiratory fitness and function.
You will diagnose, prescribe and administer appropriate treatment for various types of lower-limb conditions.
Prosthetist & Orthotist
You will help patients overcome their emotional distress and enhance their psychological
Association of Respiratory Therapists (Singapore)
You will assess and treat people with speech, language, communication or swallowing problems.
Every allied health profession has different strengths and interests. All provide ample opportunities to develop your expertise and gain enriching exposure and experience in clinical work, quality education and research as you progress.
Yes, the public sector offers scholarships and sponsorships for aspiring AHPs. Find out more from the
Healthcare Scholarships’ website.
Healthcare Merit Award (HMA) is awarded to promising students with a strong academic track record and a passion to pursue a fulfilling career in public healthcare.
Healthcare Merit Scholarship (HMS)* is awarded to outstanding individuals who are passionate about Singapore’s public healthcare system while demonstrating academic excellence, strong leadership qualities and community spirit.
*All HMA recipients will be monitored for their suitability for an upgrade to HMS, depending on factors such as their academic excellence and involvement in activities that demonstrate their leadership potential.
Healthcare Merit Award (Mid-Term) is offered to outstanding students currently pursuing a diploma in relevant health science disciplines at a local polytechnic or pursuing a relevant health science degree at local universities or MOHH-approved overseas universities.
Health Merit Award (Degree Conversion)* is offered to outstanding third-year diploma holders or recent diploma graduates in relevant healthcare disciplines who are keen to pursue a degree conversion course at the Singapore Institute of Technology or MOHH-approved overseas universities. It is awarded in the form of a HMA.
Healthcare Graduate Studies Award is offered to final-year undergraduates or recent graduates who are keen to pursue a master’s degree in selected health science or healthcare-related disciplines.
Community Care Manpower Development Award (CCMDA) caters for entry-level and advanced skills training in a range of clinical and non-clinical areas. CCMDA covers short courses, formal academic programmes and attachments to local or overseas healthcare and community care facilities.
To apply for the CCMDA, you should be presently working in the community care sector, a student or a mid-career switcher with a strong motivation to make a difference to the lives of seniors.
The CCMDA’s Visiting Expert scheme also funds the invitation of a local or overseas expert to visit your organisation for training. The expert should possess skills and knowledge that are relevant to the community care sector.
If you aspire to join the sector:
If you are currently working in the sector:
The public healthcare clusters* also offer sponsorships to students who wish to study selected allied health disciplines at the degree level in local universities. The sponsorships provide students with a monthly allowance throughout their studies and graduates will serve in the public healthcare clusters upon their graduation from the programmes.
As an AHP, you can work in diverse healthcare settings such as acute hospitals, speciality centres and polyclinics. You may also work in community care. The Agency for Integrated Care works with community care partners to coordinate efforts in care integration so that patients can access appropriate care in the healthcare system at community hospitals, nursing homes as well as day care and rehabilitation centres.
National Healthcare Group Institute of Mental Health Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Tan Tock Seng Hospital Woodlands Health Campus Yishun Community Hospital National Skin Centre Admiralty Medical Centre National Healthcare Group Diagnostics National Healthcare Group Pharmacy National Healthcare Group PolyclinicsNational University Health System Alexandra Hospital National University Hospital Ng Teng Fong General Hospital National University Cancer Institute, Singapore
National University Centre for Oral Health, Singapore
National University Heart Centre, Singapore
Jurong Community Hospital Jurong Medical Centre National University PolyclinicsSingapore Health Services Changi General Hospital KK Women's and Children's Hospital Sengkang General Hospital Singapore General Hospital Bright Vision Hospital Sengkang Community Hospital Outram Community Hospital (upcoming) National Cancer Centre Singapore National Dental Centre Singapore National Heart Centre Singapore National Neuroscience Institute Singapore National Eye Centre SingHealth Polyclinics
From July 2021, fresh AHP degree graduates seeking employment at PHIs can look forward to these starting base salaries. New local mid-career entrants* will be able to draw higher starting salaries depending on their years of prior work experience. Figures shown exclude fixed allowances and overtime pay, and increments for Honours or National Service for eligible males. Publicly-funded community care organisations have also been supported by the Ministry of Health to match the salaries of entry-level staff in the PHIs. Beyond starting salaries, there are annual increments factored into pay, and increases in salaries as staff move up and progress in their career and their skills/competencies.
$3,300 – $3,700
Up to $4,500
Yes, AHPs are able to maintain good work-life harmony. A typical AHP works standard office hours and enjoys standard leave benefits. Depending on the nature of the allied health practice and the patient groups (inpatient or outpatient), there may be AHPs who are required to work on shifts and weekends.
Polytechnic and junior college students may apply for the Healthcare Attachment Programme to undergo job-shadowing or attachments in our public healthcare institutions in January and June each year. Other institutions and professional associations also offer opportunities for job-shadowing. Students can also sign up for hospital open houses, healthcare immersion camps etc. Follow Care To Go Beyond and Healthcare Scholarships on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.
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