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APA closing the gap with AFL SportsReady partnership

The APA has announced a new partnership with AFL SportsReady, a not for profit organisation helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students develop their careers through traineeships, cadetships, direct employment and educational opportunities.  

Physiotherapists addressing health inequalities for marginalised Australians

Two physiotherapists are presenting an overview of their physiotherapy treatment services at the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) TRANSFORM scientific conference in Adelaide this week. Their keynote address, Fighting Social Injustice: stories from the frontline of physiotherapy practice, urges their peers to check implicit biases towards vulnerable groups in our community and minimise the barriers to access that marginalised Australians experience.  

Physiotherapy Pitchfest encourages innovation in healthcare

An injury reducing football boot, a physio chatbot and a new orthosis for the rehabilitation of upper limb injuries are some of the novel ideas vying to take out the Australian Physiotherap

Physiotherapy study aims to improve upper limb mobility for stroke survivors

Losing the ability to use the arm and hand is a devastating outcome for many stroke survivors. Dr Hayward, a researcher in the Department of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University and at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, says up to 70 per cent of stroke survivors have problems using their arm and hand after stroke, making simple tasks like showering, typing an email or making a cup of coffee very difficult. 

Improved MRI imaging for back pain not a cure

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has refuted claims made in a recent article that suggests improved MRI scanning will support better diagnosis and treatment of complex back pain, a condition that affects 3.7 million Australians.

Research shows tradies are getting healthier, but blokey culture still exists

Seven out of 10 tradies consider themselves fit and try to eat healthily - challenging the pie eating, chocolate milk drinking stereotype - but a persistent blokey culture is leading to serious injury. The Australian Physiotherapy Association’s annual survey, released today to mark Tradies National Health Month, revealed some concerning attitudes amongst tradies and a disconnect between their attitudes to work and sport.   

Better multidisciplinary funding will improve quality of life for chronic pain sufferers

Chronic pain affects one in five Australians, rising to one in three for those aged over 651. Its impact on individuals, families and the wider community can’t be overestimated. During National Pain Week (22-28 July) the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling on the federal government to properly fund evidenced based treatments like physiotherapy that support the complex multidisciplinary care requirements of people living with this debilitating condition.

Over half of chiropractors making misleading claims

The majority of chiropractors are breaching advertising guidelines on their websites, an audit has found.

Majority of costly knee replacements could be avoided with physiotherapy

While hip and knee replacements get thousands of Australians back on their feet and help to relieve them of debilitating pain each year, new research claims that the number of people undergoing these surgeries could be drastically lowered by physiotherapy.

APA warns against DIY rehab for knee surgery patients

The Australian Physiotherapy Association has cautioned knee surgery patients against cheap DIY rehabilitation options, following a published article which the APA says misrepresented the findings o

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