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APA statement on NDIS Review report

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Review report released yesterday has suggested 26 recommendations and 139 supporting actions for an improved Scheme. 

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes the thorough work undertaken by the NDIS Review and commends the commitment to ensuring people with disability have access to quality physiotherapy and the supports they need, both within and outside the NDIS.

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Physiotherapists welcome national climate strategy taking a ‘health in all policies’ approach

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes the National Climate and Health Strategy released this week to address health and wellbeing impacts of climate change.

The APA supports the Federal Government’s ambitious plan for a health in all policies, whole-of-government approach to building climate-resilient and sustainable health sector and communities.

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NSW falling behind with no falls prevention strategy as hospitalisation and death toll increases says new report

Falls resulting in hospitalisation in people over 65 in NSW have increased 60 per cent in a decade, a white paper released yesterday by the NSW Clinical Excellence Commission revealed. 


Physios welcome release of RACGP Health of the Nation report

The latest report from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) highlights the need for urgent reforms to primary care, including access to physiotherapy and other regulated allied health professions that can alleviate the GP crisis in Australia.

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Racehorse owners warned to take a look under the saddle for ‘kissing spines’

Animal physiotherapists are shining a light on a common condition affecting more than two thirds of racehorses to prevent injury to both the animal and rider if left untreated.   

The underdiagnosed and increasingly prevalent injury ‘kissing spines’ sidelined multiple Group 1 winner Alligator Blood in 2020, steering him close to retirement¹, proving his comeback at the Might and Power Stakes 2024 last month and most recent third place at the Cox Plate last weekend all the more memorable.  

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Unlocking the full potential of physiotherapists for national health reform

The Minister for Health and Aged Care the Hon. Mark Butler MP today announced welcome moves to strengthen Medicare and improve primary care access, securing two new Urgent Care Clinic providers and tripling the bulk billing incentive for GPs treating commonwealth concession card holders.  


APA’s response to Voice referendum outcome

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) acknowledges the recent Voice to Parliament referendum outcome and reaffirms our commitment to reconciliation and improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

While the referendum did not yield the desired result, the APA remains hopeful that all Australians share the aspiration to bridge divisions and create a brighter future. 

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APA calls for bold reforms in primary care to unleash the potential of physiotherapy

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has responded to the Unleashing the Potential of our Health Workforce (Scope of Practice Review) with a comprehensive submission. This submission outlines the urgent need for reforms that empower physiotherapists to play a pivotal role in reshaping Australia's primary care landscape.
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Concussion symptoms in players: Why early physio is the vital game-changer

The prolonged effects of sustained concussions are only just beginning to be realised, with former AFL players speaking out on their symptoms and the long-term effects of repeated trauma to the head. Concussion currently accounts for 1 in 8 of the injuries sustained in community Australian rules football1. It’s the most common injury requiring hospitalisation2 from the sport in Australia.

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Supporting Veterans' Access to Physiotherapy Care: A Call for Change

Sixty years ago, in the midst of the Vietnam War, a determined teenager named Amat Binnoore answered the call to serve his country.

Now in his late 70s, Amat is a decorated veteran and a former Branch President of Outer Eastern Melbourne Vietnam Veterans Inc. Photos he took during his tour in Vietnam are included in the Australian War Memorial’s collection.