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Physio support available for ‘embarrassing’ condition affecting one in four Australians

More Australians live with some form of incontinence than hay fever. Yet the stigma surrounding bladder and bowel weakness is such that it is rarely discussed in public. With World Continence Week commencing on Monday June 18 the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is reassuring all Australians that treatment is available.

What matters most? The growing need for physios in supporting quality of life for palliative patients

In the lead up to National Palliative Care Week, May 20-26, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is highlighting the important role physiotherapists play in treating and supporting patients and their families living with life limiting illnesses.
 

Neurological physiotherapy: how it works

Over the past ten years, recognition of physiotherapy as an integral part of treatment for numerous medical conditions has increased tremendously.

SBS News interview with Jennie Hewitt, APAM, regarding falls prevention and the role of physiotherapy in aged care

Health professionals are urging an increased focus on strength and wellness among aged care residents, as the Federal Government reviews the way such facilities are funded. A recent Australian study suggests strength and balance exercise program for such residents can significantly decrease the rate of falls

Targeted neuro-physiotherapy intervention vital in effective management of Parkinson’s disease

In the lead up to World Parkinson’s Day on 11 April the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is highlighting the vital role physios play in helping people achieve the best possible quality of life after diagnosis—to slow the disease progression and, in many cases, improve their symptoms in the early stages.

More than a 'wee' problem

Urinary leakage is traditionally thought of as an older person’s complaint – however, as women all over Australia will tell you, bladder leakage is their reality as well.  The number of young women experiencing urinary leakage is on the rise and we now know that impact from exercise plays a part in a woman’s risk profile for developing urinary leakage.

New approach needed for musculoskeletal treatments

As muscle, bone and joint conditions continue to become more common, new research has found those suffering from musculoskeletal problems could benefit from a different approach to treatment.

How can physiotherapy support an ageing population?

The MOMEMTUM 2017 physiotherapy conference is welcoming several international speakers to Sydney this week who are experts in their respective fields. One of these is New Zealand based UK researcher, lecturer and physiotherapist Associate Professor David Nicholls from Auckland University of Technology, who will present the national gerontology keynote address on the future of aged care physiotherapy.

Total knee replacement: no benefit to inpatient rehab

Intensive inpatient rehabilitation after uncomplicated total knee replacement is no more effective than simple outpatient rehabilitation, Australian researchers have reported in the MJA.

APA discusses new aged care funding model with Minister Ken Wyatt AM, MP

APA Board and gerontology member Rik Dawson met with Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM, MP this week with recommendations to address funding inadequacies in the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and endorsed key recommendations from the University of Wollongong report into alternative aged care funding.

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