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National Palliative Care Strategy calls for access to multidisciplinary care

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) supports Palliative Care Australia’s call for a more accessible multidisciplinary team approach to caring for people with life limiting or terminal illnesses, so they can live as fully and comfortably as possible with care that matches the needs and preferences of individuals and their families

APA calls for federal funding of specialist physio treatment of lymphedema

Early access to specialist lymphedema physiotherapy treatment should be funded by the government, according to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, who joined the Australian Lymphology Association in calling for change.

Elise Gane Lymphoedema Interview

Lymphoedema is the accumulation of fluid in the body which causes uncomfortable swelling, impaired mobility and recurrent infections. It most frequently affects the arms and legs, but can also be present in the groin, head and neck regions. 

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.

Fighting like the X-Men

A Westmead Hospital exercise program which sees patients fighting their prostate cancer by training like the X-Men superheroes has helped more than 50 men on their way to better health.

Exercise just what the doctor ordered

Anne Peters has been on a mission to put research about the benefits of exercise for cancer patients into practice. 

Exercise makes a difference to cancer outcomes: here’s how to add it to standard care

Imagine if there was a cancer therapy that could reduce treatment side effects, improve response, boost mood and energy, and increase survival times, and was indicated for all forms of cancer. According to a recent position statement from the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), there is. The statement says everyone diagnosed with cancer should have exercise added to their management, for the duration of treatment.

Getting a better understanding of residents’ palliative care needs

People with family in aged care are more likely than others to discuss a family member’s end-of-life care wishes with them, according to a national survey.

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.
 

Specialist physiotherapy treatment integral to cancer patients

Ahead of Lymphoedema Awareness Day on Tuesday 6 March, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is joining the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) in calling on the federal government to support Medicare funding for Australians living with this chronic illness.
 

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