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Protection of ‘physio’ title mandatory for consumer safety

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) recently made a submission to the Federal Government in response to its call for consultation on a range of health reform issues that will affect changes to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act. The APA called on the government to protect the term ‘physio’ to reassure the public that practitioners using this term are fully qualified, registered physiotherapists using evidence-informed treatments. 

Funding for physiotherapy led exercise programs is key to proper OA management

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a debilitating and painful condition affecting more than 2.2 million Australians at a cost to the health system of $2.1 billion annually. As Australia’s population ages and obesity rates climb, this figure is expected to grow to more than 3 million by 20301.

Digital health options for arthritis treatment stymied by lack of funding

Arthritis costs the Australian economy $23.9 billion annually, and is the major cause of chronic pain and disability in Australia. However, patients living remotely and those with mobility issues cannot access Medicare or private health insurance rebates for video consultation with their physiotherapist, despite growing evidence that digital health treatment options are effective. On World Arthritis Day, Friday 12 October, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling for increased treatment access for sufferers.

No place for ageism in exercise prescription

Counter to advice in a recent Reader’s Digest article, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) advises that exercise programs should be based on individual ability and needs, rather than age.

Future of physiotherapy practice a focus of NEXT 2018

Top business minds, leading clinicians and strategic innovators will converge on Hobart’s waterfront this week as part of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) NEXT conference, aimed at the profession’s business, education and practice leaders.

Orkambi® PBS listing provides quality of life to CF patients

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes the announcement this week by federal Health Minister Greg Hunt that the cystic fibrosis (CF) drug Orkambi® will be added to the PBS effective October 1 2018. Access is available to families immediately as a result of a compassionate request from the government to drug manufacturer Vertex.

Prescribed exercise from a physiotherapist supports better mental health

Worldwide, one in four people will experience a mental health condition at some point in their lives; one in six will have experienced a mental health condition in the past week alone. This year World Physiotherapy Day—Saturday 8 September—focuses on the role physiotherapists play in supporting people with a range mental health conditions.

Physios support RACGP recommendations for exercise management of OA

New guidelines released yesterday by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and co-authored by Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) member Professor Kim Bennell from the University of Melbourne confirm that exercise and weight management should be the first treatment options for Australians living with debilitating knee and/or hip osteoarthritis (OA).

Every step counts in post-stroke recovery

Stroke is the second highest cause of death and the third leading cause of disability worldwide. In the lead up to National Stroke Week commencing 3 September, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is highlighting the important role physiotherapists play in prescribing targeted exercise programs for stroke survivors to support neurological repair and regain functional movement.

Research shows tradies take better care of their tools than their health

Aussie tradies are almost twice as likely to take good care of their tools as their bodies despite having one of the highest injury rates of any occupation according to research by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) released today to mark the launch of Tradies National Health Month.

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