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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.

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. 

Ballarat physiotherapist recognised in Stroke Foundation Awards

Ballarat physiotherapist, Brendan Cutts, was recognised in the 2018 Stroke Foundation Awards, as the Foundation’s Fundraiser of the Year. Brendan was inspired by the many stroke survivors he works with to raise funds and in 2017 he swam 20 kilometres from Perth to Rottnest Island, raising $8,000 to support stroke research, community initiatives and carer support.

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.

Go on, take a break: your life could quite literally depend on it

Studies have found that sitting for too long can play a direct role in an early death – #yikes. Don’t worry too much, though. After reading the results of these studies, we quite literally got off our bums and sought out an expert who could tell us how to reverse this trend, stat. Introducing APA Physiotherapist and National Chair of the APA Occupational Health Physiotherapist Group, David Hall, expert on all things sitting.

Independent NDIA pricing recommendations will erode quality services for people with disabilities

Members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) have reacted strongly to the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) acceptance of recommendations from the recently released Independent Pricing Review conducted by McKinsey & Company.

Physios asked to ‘show empathy’ for codeine-seeking patients

The RACGP has encouraged GPs to refer patients to physiotherapists as an alternative to prescribing codeine, following the 1 February upschedule of low-dose codeine-containing preparations.

The health issue Medicare ignores

Have you had a run-in with cancer? Had surgery? Radiotherapy? Chemotherapy? Then you may have developed lymphoedema. You may have required lymphatic drainage, massage, special support garments. And you may have been totally out of pocket for all such expenses – even though treatment to manage the condition or prevent it getting any worse would be less of a drain on the public purse.

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