Physiotherapy gap for breast cancer patients causing chronic pain and impacting quality of life

Physiotherapy gap for breast cancer patients causing chronic pain and impacting quality of life

Breast cancer patient Kimmie Jonceski was given a pamphlet and a brief consultation with a physiotherapist, who advised her to keep her arms and shoulders moving after her initial mastectomy surgery, but with no follow-up. Breast cancer researcher Deirdre McGhee, APAM, said Ms Jonceski's experience was a common one throughout Australia, and that women who had had a major breast cancer surgery needed comprehensive and ongoing physiotherapy rehabilitation after their operation.

Enjoyable exercise pt 3 Parkour, COVID and fitness

Enjoyable exercise pt 3 Parkour, COVID and fitness

Who wants to exercise when your muscles ache, you're short of breath and extremely tired? Head to the 15 minute mark to listen to Cardiorespiratory Group National Chair Meredith King, APAM, chat through what people who've had COVID-19 are reporting, months down the track. And it's making it hard to get back a level of physical strength and function that lets them get on with their lives again. 

Physios must be allowed to practice to ensure patient outcomes are not compromised

Physios must be allowed to practice to ensure patient outcomes are not compromised

The extension of Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne which only allow allied health treatment for patients meeting extremely narrow criteria is causing distress and potential long term harm to patients. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling on the Victorian government to ease these restrictions and enable physios to treat patients who need their care. 

Physio advice has saved my career

Physio advice has saved my career

Gaelic Football: SOME expert advice from Newry physiotherapist Stephen Brannigan has saved the career of Down forward Alan Davidson.

After years of struggling with an ankle injury led to a pattern of comebacks followed by breakdowns, St Peter’s Warrenpoint clubman Davidson hung up his boots in frustration but a new course of rehab treatment designed by former Birmingham City physio Brannigan has allowed him to get back on the field for his club this year.

Aged care COVID-19 catch-22 must be addressed

Aged care COVID-19 catch-22 must be addressed

The COVID-19 Catch-22 endured by older Australians must be urgently addressed, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has told the Aged Care Royal Commission’s Impact of COVID-19 inquiry today.

While well meaning, COVID-19 social isolation, visitation restrictions and infection control measures have had the detrimental effect of accelerating physical, mental and cognitive decline in many cases, the APA told the Royal Commission inquiry.

Structured physio program for Australians with knee OA could save health system more than $300 million a year

Structured physio program for Australians with knee OA could save health system more than $300 million a year

Australians suffering moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis (OA) who take part in a structured pre-surgical physiotherapy program could avoid surgery altogether and save the health system more than $300 million a year, according to a new research analysis conducted by Monash University and La Trobe University researchers.