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Better multidisciplinary funding will improve quality of life for chronic pain sufferers

Chronic pain affects one in five Australians, rising to one in three for those aged over 651. Its impact on individuals, families and the wider community can’t be overestimated. During National Pain Week (22-28 July) the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling on the federal government to properly fund evidenced based treatments like physiotherapy that support the complex multidisciplinary care requirements of people living with this debilitating condition.

Should AINs Be Providing Therapeutic Massage To Frail Injured Residents?

Vanessa Jessup is the chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s gerontology physiotherapy group, and is an advocate for achieving the best health outcomes for aged care residents.

Lack of protection for the title 'physio' leaves patients at risk

Patients’ health and wellbeing is being put at risk by the federal government’s refusal to enact protection of the word ‘physio’, which can be – and frequently is – used by non-physiotherapist practitioners.

Fake 'physios' can still dodge AHPRA crackdown

While AHPRA's crackdown on the misleading use of health practitioners' "protected titles" by untrained or inappropriately trained individuals has been widely lauded, it seems one speciality has slipped through the net. 

Fake practitioners on notice from AHPRA, but non protection of physio title remains a loophole

Last November the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) called on the Federal Government to protect the title ‘physio’ in line with the protected status of ‘physiotherapist’ and ‘physiotherapy’, giving the public assurance that any practitioners using these titles are fully qualified, registered physiotherapists using evidence-informed treatments. This issue is now more pressing than ever, following the announcement by AHPRA that tougher sanctions have come into force for people falsely claiming to be a registered health practitioner.

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.

National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis highlights role of physiotherapy in high value care

The launch of the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis this week outlines a clear pathway to implement affordable, timely access to services - including properly funded physiotherapy treatment - to support the four million Australians who live with arthritis, the leading cause of chronic pain in Australia.

Exercise and funding to combat soaring rates of osteoarthritis

At present, there are more than 2.2 million Australians living osteoarthritis (OA), a joint disease which causes chronic pain, and rates continue to soar.

Department says limited registration therapists can provide pain treatments

Allied health professionals certified with limited registration from their professional body are eligible to provide complex pain management services in residential aged care, the Department of Health has ruled.

APA calls for protection of the term 'physio'

The Australian Physiotherapy Association has called on the Government to protect the term ‘physio’, in the same way ‘Physiotherapist’ and ‘Physiotherapy’ are already protected, ensuring that  practitioners using these titles are qualified and registered.

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