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Physiotherapy to help shape future of primary healthcare in Australia

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has secured a role in shaping the future of primary health care. Minister for Health Greg Hunt yesterday announced the establishment of the Primary Health Reform Steering Committee to independently advise the government on the development of a 10 year plan. The APA is a key member.

Physiotherapists addressing health inequalities for marginalised Australians

Two physiotherapists are presenting an overview of their physiotherapy treatment services at the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) TRANSFORM scientific conference in Adelaide this week. Their keynote address, Fighting Social Injustice: stories from the frontline of physiotherapy practice, urges their peers to check implicit biases towards vulnerable groups in our community and minimise the barriers to access that marginalised Australians experience.  

Physiotherapy Pitchfest encourages innovation in healthcare

An injury reducing football boot, a physio chatbot and a new orthosis for the rehabilitation of upper limb injuries are some of the novel ideas vying to take out the Australian Physiotherap

APA calls for physiotherapists to be included in the care teams for pregnant women in Australia

The APA is calling for women’s health physiotherapists to be included in the care teams for all pregnant women in Australia to reduce the risk of complications and to improve outcomes for women and their babies.

Kinesio tape not the answer to preventing runner’s knee and other injuries

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has rejected claims made in an article in US Runner’s World magazine that the use of kinesio tape can prevent injury such as knee cap pain, also known as patellofemoral pain or ‘runner’s knee’. 

Physio-led exercise best for chronic pain management

Back pain, shoulder pain, headaches, osteoarthritis – we all know someone living with these conditions. Globally it is estimated that one in five people, or about 1.5 billion people, live with chronic pain, with prevalence increasing as we age.

Physiotherapy study aims to improve upper limb mobility for stroke survivors

Losing the ability to use the arm and hand is a devastating outcome for many stroke survivors. Dr Hayward, a researcher in the Department of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University and at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, says up to 70 per cent of stroke survivors have problems using their arm and hand after stroke, making simple tasks like showering, typing an email or making a cup of coffee very difficult. 

MRFF funds new research to evaluate effectiveness of physiotherapy care for knee osteoarthritis

New research funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) will allow La Trobe University academic and APA member Dr Christian Barton to determine the benefits of improved access to physiotherapy led education and therapeutic exercise for people with knee OA who have been referred for surgical management.

Opioid overdoses must be addressed with proper investment in physiotherapy pain management

The release of a report on Australia’s overdose crisis today has prompted the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) to call on the Federal Government to invest properly in evidence based physiotherapy pain management services.

Improved MRI imaging for back pain not a cure

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has refuted claims made in a recent article that suggests improved MRI scanning will support better diagnosis and treatment of complex back pain, a condition that affects 3.7 million Australians.

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