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Plea for pain sufferers: More support for non-surgical interventions

In a flash poll conducted by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), over 90 per cent of physiotherapists said they have treated patients suffering after unnecessary and potentially harmful surgeries. This comes following a confronting exposé of Australia’s chronic pain industry on ABC Four Corners, which highlighted potential overuse of surgical procedures, despite physiotherapy treatment being considered part of best practice.

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Australian Physiotherapy Association scores third consecutive Employer of Choice award

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has been awarded the 2024 Human Resources Director (HRD) 5-Star Employer of Choice award for the third year running.

The APA’s nomination comprised a comprehensive submission about its offerings and practices, followed by robust survey data that evaluated its employees’ perceptions of company benefits, compensation, culture, development and commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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The APA appoints new CEO

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Board is pleased to announce it has appointed Rob LoPresti as Chief Executive Officer.

Rob brings strong capability in education, governance and policy, and extensive leadership experience gained from senior positions across academia, public health, and membership, including Austin Health, University of Melbourne and most recently the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).  

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Veterans deserve better: APA Backs Wilkie’s call for reform

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) commends the remarks made by Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, in Parliament this week, drawing attention to the longstanding healthcare challenges faced by Australian veterans.

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Menopause Inquiry opportunity to remove stigma and shame in menopausal health

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has called for the Federal Government to invest in credible and effective primary healthcare, helping end the unnecessary suffering experienced by women during perimenopause and menopause.

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Australian Physiotherapy Association calls for healthcare reform in Tasmania ahead of state election

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling on Tasmanian political parties to prioritise healthcare reform, highlighting the need to address patient wait times and intervene for the needs of the population across the state ahead of the upcoming election.  

APA National President Scott Willis has worked in regional Tasmania for over 30 years, he says the state’s healthcare model needs to evolve to better meet the needs of its population. Funding physiotherapy services is part of this evolution. 

Joint update from the APA and ESSA: A message to our members

We write today to share a joint update with our respective members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA). 


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A matter of respect and duty: Urgent call for review in veterans’ healthcare funding

The government recently announced exposure draft legislation to rectify the complex system veterans navigate to access their entitlements—a system that the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide found compounded trauma. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) urges a critical next step: review the fee schedule for veterans' healthcare and ensure veterans can receive the comprehensive and accessible care they need and deserve. 

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The silent epidemic: Australia facing birth trauma crisis

One in two birthing parents in Australia experience birthing trauma (K Watson, 2021) leading to extensive, and often silent, suffering that impacts all aspects of their lives. Policy makers need to face this crisis head on and invest in access to pelvic health physiotherapy services. Presently, the escalating demand for physiotherapy services during and post pregnancy dramatically outweighs the access and funding available, leaving new parents without access to essential preventative and therapeutic healthcare, crucial for significantly reducing birth trauma.

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New guidelines for game-changing concussion and brain health care launched

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), in close collaboration with the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and other major partners, has today announced the release of the Concussion and Brain Health Position Statement 2024. This essential document provides ground-breaking insights into concussion management and underscores the critical role of physiotherapists in sports-related health care.