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SBS News interview with Jennie Hewitt, APAM, regarding falls prevention and the role of physiotherapy in aged care

Health professionals are urging an increased focus on strength and wellness among aged care residents, as the Federal Government reviews the way such facilities are funded. A recent Australian study suggests strength and balance exercise program for such residents can significantly decrease the rate of falls

How the NDIA Independent Pricing Review will affect the quality of care provided to disabled people

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) expressed its strong opposition to the National Disability Insurance Agency acceptance of the Independent Pricing Review from McKinsey & Company.

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.

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.
 

South Australians seek commitment to world-class physiotherapy and allied health services for improved patient outcomes

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling on major political parties ahead of this month’s state election to commit to world class rehab hospital facilities for patients recovering from surgery and stroke.

PHI reforms good news for all Australians

The APA strongly supports the federal government’s announcement on a reform package for private health insurance (PHI), which will improve affordability for all Australians and provide simpler package choices.

How will the new OA of the knee Clinical Care Standard be funded?

The newly released osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee Clinical Care Standard, endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, outlines the gold-standard best professional care for optimum patient outcomes. However, the APA believes that both Medicare and private health insurance systems need to undergo significant change to make sure patients can get this gold standard care.

APA endorses Clinical Care Standard sets benchmark for treating knee osteoarthritis

Increased exercise and weight loss should be among the first treatment options for Australians with knee osteoarthritis, as per a new Clinical Care Standard released today by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and endorsed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Patients win as Transforming Health transfer overhauled

The improved budget and design of facilities for general rehabilitation patients under Transforming Health has been welcomed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), who say that physiotherapists’ expertise is finally being listened to. 

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