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National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis highlights role of physiotherapy in high value care

The launch of the National Strategic Action Plan for Arthritis this week outlines a clear pathway to implement affordable, timely access to services - including properly funded physiotherapy treatment - to support the four million Australians who live with arthritis, the leading cause of chronic pain in Australia.

‘Horrifying’ chiropractor footage stresses need for parents to think long and hard about infant therapies

If you’ve seen the shocking footage this week of a chiropractor manipulating a two-week-old baby’s spine, you might be wondering what therapies are safe and effective for infants and young children.

Population based study shows sports-related knee injuries are a precursor to knee replacement surgery for osteoarthritis

A recent Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport paper co-authored by Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) members Associate Professor Ilana Ackerman and Dr Joanne Kemp has shown that sports-related knee injuries more than doubled the likelihood of knee replacement surgeries up to 15 years later.

Jolly Jumpers and baby walkers should be avoided, SA Health and experts warn

Parents are being urged not to buy baby walkers and exercise jumpers for their babies because of the risk of injury and developmental delays.

Research shows tradies take better care of their tools than their health

Aussie tradies are almost twice as likely to take good care of their tools as their bodies despite having one of the highest injury rates of any occupation according to research by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) released today to mark the launch of Tradies National Health Month.

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.

My mindful physio career – By APA member Georgie Davidson

“In my early years as a physiotherapist I spent a lot of time beating myself up. Trying so hard to ‘fix’ the pain that my patients presented with I felt that I could never do enough. I was never good enough. My clinical reasoning skills where adequate, I had an eye for movement and extrasensory perception through my fingers. Nevertheless, when I listened to the painful stories that my patients shared I could feel the depth of their suffering and it felt that there was something missing from my skill tool box."

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

Safety and effectiveness of physiotherapy highlighted in low level of consumer complaints

A new research paper from the University of Melbourne released today highlights the very low rate of consumer complaints against physiotherapists. The retrospective analysis of formal complaints against registered chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists in Australia was collated from data accessed between 2011 and 2016.

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