The Australian Physiotherapy Association says a lack of funds is preventing arthritis sufferers in the country — whose treatment costs $23.9 billion every year — from being treated with digital health options which have been found to be effective.
Top business minds, leading clinicians and strategic innovators will converge on Hobart’s waterfront this week as part of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) NEXT conference, aimed at the profession’s business, education and practice leaders.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes the announcement this week by federal Health Minister Greg Hunt that the cystic fibrosis (CF) drug Orkambi® will be added to the PBS effective October 1 2018. Access is available to families immediately as a result of a compassionate request from the government to drug manufacturer Vertex.
New guidelines released yesterday by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and co-authored by Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) member Professor Kim Bennell from the University of Melbourne confirm that exercise and weight management should be the first treatment options for Australians living with debilitating knee and/or hip osteoarthritis (OA).
National Pain Week has been designed to shine a spotlight on the needs of people who are experiencing chronic pain. That pain experience is very complex and different for everyone, presenting an inextricable entanglement of body and mind. ‘Our perception of pain can depend on its context,’ Dianne Wilson, Chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s National Pain Group, told newsGP.
Access to allied health services, in particular, physiotherapy, on weekends should be standard in the subacute rehabilitation setting, according to Australian Physiotherapy Association member Mitchell Sarkies, following new research which identified numerous benefits from doing so.