Falls prevention programs run by physiotherapists have been found to reduce the number of falls in residents by 55%, including those living with dementia.
Up to $3.9 billion of health spending could be saved annually, if physiotherapy-led falls prevention programs were implemented across residential aged care facilities.
Residents of aged care facilities have less access to primary care services, including Medicare-funded physiotherapy, than those living in the community.
The APA has developed an approachable consumer campaign to encourage Australians to seek help for the health issues they face; some of which are hard to talk about. Our message is 'Choose Physio - a pathway to better health'.
The two topics that are highlighted as part of the aged care campaign include:
To assist you in spreading the word about chronic health conditions, we have developed the following:
All of these are available for you to download and use in your practice, on your website and through your social channels. We have created some space to allow you to personalise these assets with your own branding and your own contact details, if you wish.
The campaign will run from May to December through a range of channels including:
We will also be working with our partners to spread the word wide and loud.
Thank you to our campaign contributors for their support and assistance in developing the content:
Gerontology: APA Gerontology group National Chair Joanna Tan APAM
Neurology: APA Neurology group National Chair Natalie Fini MACP
Women's, Men's and Pelvic Health: Vanessa Wilmot APAM, APA Women's, Men's and Pelvic Health group National Chair Jason Crow APAM