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National strategy launched to improve osteoarthritis care

A leading osteoarthritis expert says too often patients receive fragmented and inappropriate care to manage their damaged joints. Professor David Hunter is leading a national strategy to significantly improve the way patients with osteoarthritis are managed. 

Reduce the affect of arthritis with physiotherapy

DURING last month's World Arthritis Day, the Australian Physiotherapy Association called for increased treatment access for sufferers. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic joint disease, and one of the leading causes of pain and disability in Australia.

Local MPs back Labor plan to tackle ACL injuries

An early ACL injury is painful, costly and can lead to long term health issues, with lasting impacts on employment and ability to exercise, says local MP Anoulack Chanthivong.

Protection of ‘physio’ title mandatory for consumer safety

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) recently made a submission to the Federal Government in response to its call for consultation on a range of health reform issues that will affect changes to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act. The APA called on the government to protect the term ‘physio’ to reassure the public that practitioners using this term are fully qualified, registered physiotherapists using evidence-informed treatments. 

APA Member Jenny Aiken's appearance on Channel 7 Early News

According to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the Australian gender pay gap has narrowed by 21.3 per cent but women are still earning an estimated $25,000 dollars less than men in a number of sectors such as in the health care and construction industry.

Physiotherapy should be first-line treatment for hip and knee OA, not surgery

Osteoarthritis, or OA, is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 2.1 million Australians.

Funding for physiotherapy led exercise programs is key to proper OA management

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a debilitating and painful condition affecting more than 2.2 million Australians at a cost to the health system of $2.1 billion annually. As Australia’s population ages and obesity rates climb, this figure is expected to grow to more than 3 million by 20301.

Physios support RACGP recommendations for exercise management of OA

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).

Medicare submission calls for red tape reduction

The Australian Physiotherapy Association has made several key recommendations to the MBS review to increase access and equity to services, and reduce unnecessary red tape in the healthcare system.

Rest is not ‘just what the doctor ordered’ for chronic pain

Advice to rest and avoid pain has traditionally been given to people with chronic pain. However, research linking lower back pain in teens with work absenteeism as adults points to the need to tackle pain early, eliminating fear-avoidance behaviour later in life. During National Pain Week (23–29 July) the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is highlighting the effectiveness of physiotherapy in pain management programs.

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