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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.

Physiotherapy treatment integral for Australians living with lymphoedema

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has joined the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) in calling for federal government funding for the estimated one in 6,000 Australians living with lymphoedema from birth. Additionally, 20 per cent of cancer patients will develop the condition as a result of treatment.

Wheels turning for physio-led campaign to tackle chronic pain

Tasmanians can seek advice about their chronic pain conditions from world-leading pain scientists as part of the 2019 Pain Revolution Rural Outreach Tour commencing in Devonport on March 16.  

New guidelines for stroke rehabilitation in children recommend team approach for best outcomes

Stroke is one of the top ten causes of childhood death globally, and more than half of survivors live with lifelong disabilities. A new Australian guideline, the first for stroke rehabilitation in children, recommends a multidisciplinary team of health professionals, including physiotherapists, to guide and support children with stroke and their families.

Women urged to increase exercise and avoid chronic illness

To mark International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is urging Australian women to place higher priority on their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

No place for spinal manipulation in infant care

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has echoed the Chiropractic Board of Australia’s alarm following the release of a video showing a chiropractor manipulating the spine and neck of a baby.

Population based study shows sports-related knee injuries are a precursor to knee replacement surgery for osteoarthritis

A recent Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport paper co-authored by Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) members Associate Professor Ilana Ackerman and Dr Joanne Kemp has shown that sports-related knee injuries more than doubled the likelihood of knee replacement surgeries up to 15 years later.

Back to school: The perfect time to start kids on the right foot

The start of the school year is a challenging time for parents and children – the holidays are over and work/school routines are about to kick back in. With ‘back to school’ ads bombarding us at every turn it can be hard to know what’s really relevant when it comes to getting our kids school ready.

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