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South Australia and Queensland’s opportunity for physios in urgent care

This week Minister for Health Mark Butler has called for expressions of interest for Medicare Urgent Care Clinics (UCCs) in South Australia and Queensland. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes this opportunity for physiotherapists to work in a team-based care model to reduce pressure on emergency departments and GPs.

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Strengthening Medicare Taskforce report

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) endorses the vision for improving primary care as outlined in the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce report and now eagerly expects the Government to deliver on this reform.

The Strengthening Medicare Taskforce has delivered a vision for improving primary care, and there is now an expectation the Albanese Government will deliver on this.

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Quick access to quality treatment model to reduce health system burden

Patients are yearning for enhanced ownership of their own care, yet the current Australian healthcare system doesn’t allow for quick access to quality treatment, where and when the patient requires.

To assist in the optimisation of the patient pathway, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has tabled a Pre-Budget submission to the Federal Government ahead of the 2023-24 Budget in May.

  • 23 Sep, 2023

Federal Pre-Budget Submission 2023-2024 | Physiotherapy: high-value care for all.

Submission by the Australian Physiotherapy Association

January 2023

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Urgent Care Clinics: It will take a team

Faster treatment, better outcomes and lower costs are required to meet Australia’s current and future health care needs. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has today released a position statement detailing the necessary steps for lifting longstanding barriers to the reform of the healthcare system.
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Long COVID submission recommends multidisciplinary teams for better care

The APA recently made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee, calling for long COVID to be recognised as a chronic medical condition with public funding to assist those requiring better access to ongoing care.
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Physiotherapists identified as key lever to improving outdated healthcare system

A new report from the Grattan Institute outlines the potential of physiotherapists, and other allied health professionals, to improve Australia’s outdated primary care system and increase access to the care Australians need.

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Physiotherapists offer solutions to ease pressure on Victorian health system as new COVID wave breaks

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has written to the major parties ahead of this month’s Victorian state election with a solutions paper that outlines the potential of physiotherapists to alleviate pressure on the health system, and better support Victorians managing long COVID.

APA President Scott Willis says long wait times, fragmented services and affordability factors significantly impact access to essential care for a number of high-priority groups within the state.

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Federal Budget lays foundations to deliver high-value care

The first Federal Budget delivered this week by the Labor Government puts the right economic outcome above a political one and sets Australia back on a path to reforming the health system.

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NDIS pricing should be about quality, outcomes and sustainability not a race to the bottom

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) represents a key workforce of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) service providers and welcomes the priority the new government is placing on representation and reform of the scheme, to restore it to its founding promise: choice and control for participants.