The Australian Physiotherapy Association is warning of a burgeoning tradie health crisis, revealing that tradies account for 60 per cent of all injury and musculoskeletal problems across all workers and 39 per cent of all medical conditions.
Australia’s trade industry continues to have among the highest health and safety issues of any sector. Time off work due to poor health and injury has a significant impact on families, businesses and communities
August is is Tradies National Health Month, which aims to raise awareness of the risks posed to those who work in trade occupations as well as educate tradies in the importance of health and safety in the workplace.
Patients’ health and wellbeing is being put at risk by the federal government’s refusal to enact protection of the word ‘physio’, which can be – and frequently is – used by non-physiotherapist practitioners.
While AHPRA's crackdown on the misleading use of health practitioners' "protected titles" by untrained or inappropriately trained individuals has been widely lauded, it seems one speciality has slipped through the net.