Profession’s future is in safe hands


Increased advocacy to improve the strategic positioning of physiotherapy for practitioners and patients as well more defined career pathways for physiotherapists have been two of the biggest changes Professor Darren Rivett has seen during his eight years serving on the APA Board of Directors.

Darren’s final term on the Board finishes this month, as does his joint role as APA vice president with Jenny Aiken.

Speaking to InMotion on the eve of his departure, the APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist says the APA and the profession are much better positioned thanks to a strong and capable management team.

‘The APA has substantially grown and achieved a great deal in my time on the Board, especially in terms of member career development, external advocacy for our patients and financial robustness,’ Darren says.

‘Much of this is due to the management team’s dedicated execution of the Board’s strategy under the exemplary leadership of former CEO Cris Massis and current CEO Anja Nikolic.’

Darren, elected to the Board in 2013, has enjoyed working with and learning from some of the profession’s doyens while performing his directorship and leadership roles.

‘I have been very fortunate to serve on the Board with two absolutely outstanding national presidents, Phil Calvert and Marcus Dripps, as well as many other talented and diligent directors such as Dr Darren Beales (now chair of the Australian College of Physiotherapists) and Scott Willis (incoming APA national president).

'These physiotherapists are leaders on a par with any in the international physiotherapy world.’

The APA thanks Darren for his service to the Association, members and the physiotherapy profession.


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