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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).