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Bupa pays out more than $420M in joint replacement claims, yet physio could avert up to 70% of these costs

A new report released by Bupa shows health insurance claims for knee and hip replacement surgeries were the most expensive items it paid out for in 2018, totalling more than $420 million. The report says much of this is attributable to an ageing and increasingly overweight population. 

National Strategic Action Plan for Pain Management calls on coordinated team approach and MBS funding to tackle chronic pain

Painaustralia released its National Action Plan for pain management this week, citing allied health as integral to an interdisciplinary approach to improve quality of life for more than 3.24 million Australians living with chronic pain.  

Physiotherapy part of standard care for prostate cancer treatment

With World Continence Week commencing on June 17, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has joined the Continence Foundation in calling for increased awareness and support for the more than five million Australians aged over 15 who live with some form of incontinence.

Physio can help more than five million Australians who can’t laugh without leaking

With World Continence Week commencing on June 17, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has joined the Continence Foundation in calling for increased awareness and support for the more than five million Australians aged over 15 who live with some form of incontinence.

For Australian men, hard health = heart health

Men’s problems in the bedroom may be a warning sign for later, more serious health issues. This is the message the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is sending to all Australian men in the lead up to Men’s Health Week, June 10 – 16.

Discount exercise pedals no substitute for physio rehabilitation

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) strongly cautions knee surgery patients about cheap DIY rehabilitation options in light of the article published online recently by The Senior.

National Palliative Care Strategy calls for access to multidisciplinary care

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) supports Palliative Care Australia’s call for a more accessible multidisciplinary team approach to caring for people with life limiting or terminal illnesses, so they can live as fully and comfortably as possible with care that matches the needs and preferences of individuals and their families

Parkinson’s disease summit puts patients at centre of their treatment choices

An Australian-led online education summit for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) will allow patients and their carers to access latest research and treatment options from anywhere in the world. The event will hear from neurologists, physiotherapists, other health professionals and researchers and provides patients a forum to ask questions and discuss their own experiences living with the disease.

NDIS tiered pricing model scrapped as a result of strong physio advocacy

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes the announcement from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) that it will scrap its tiered-pricing model in favour of a more sustainable increased hourly rate for physiotherapists working with and treating the complex health needs of Australians living with significant disabilities.

National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis highlights role of physiotherapy in high value care

The launch of the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis this week outlines a clear pathway to implement affordable, timely access to services - including properly funded physiotherapy treatment - to support the four million Australians who live with arthritis, the leading cause of chronic pain in Australia.

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