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APA endorses Clinical Care Standard sets benchmark for treating knee osteoarthritis

Increased exercise and weight loss should be among the first treatment options for Australians with knee osteoarthritis, as per a new Clinical Care Standard released today by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Rebates for digital physiotherapy must be introduced in line with Medicare changes for digital psychology consults for rural Australians

The federal government’s announcement of a Medicare rebate for people living in rural and remote areas to access psychological services via telehealth, i.e digitally enabled means, must also be replicated for physiotherapy consultations.

New telerehab study shows benefits to cardiac patients

New Australian research released by the Journal of Physiotherapy again shows that governments and private health insurers should facilitate tele rehabilitation as part of the health system.

Push for new Senate Inquiry to review private health insurance out-of-pocket expenses

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes the Nick Xenophon Team’s push for a Senate Inquiry into out-of-pocket expenses associated with private health insurance.

Pain Revolution cyclists in a spin to reach Adelaide

Melbourne’s Royal Melbourne Hospital saw a flurry of energy this morning as a group of world leading pain researchers officially launched the Pain Revolution, a fund and awareness raising bicycle ride from Melbourne to Adelaide to help ordinary Australians, rural GPs and other health practitioners understand the complex issues surrounding persistent pain.

Internet-based physiotherapy study shows benefits in patient pain releif

Innovative research released today proves that digitally enabled physiotherapy consultations are effective in treating patients with chronic knee pain.

Exercise benefits for older Australians with cognitive impairment

As Australia’s population continues to age, there is an increasing risk of falls and general physical decline in the community, potentially leading to serious injury and hospital admissions. 

Backpacks don't hurt, but couch time does

As children return to school, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is urging parents not to be wary of children carrying a backpack of moderate weight, as research has shown that weight-bearing activity can help to prevent back pain in adolescence.

Statement on latest changes to Aged Care Funding Instrument

Physiotherapists and older Australians have achieved a win in the ongoing discussions to reform the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI), after Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt announced on 6 December that the time limits on 12.4b programs would be set at 80 minutes. 

Patients win as Transforming Health transfer overhauled

The improved budget and design of facilities for general rehabilitation patients under Transforming Health has been welcomed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), who say that physiotherapists’ expertise is finally being listened to. 

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