As the world observes the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is implementing an improved disability support package for its members, to continue its ongoing commitment to inclusion for people living with disability.

Alongside its advocacy work to promote access to physiotherapy services in the health care system, the APA has launched two free online courses for physiotherapists, and other allied health professionals, to build confidence in disability management.*

APA National President Scott Willis said that while the world is returning to a form of normality post-COVID, the needs of those living with disability must be considered.

“Physiotherapy supports people living with disability to improve their function, build capacity, enhance participation and increase economic and social inclusion in the community.

“The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is part of a world-leading health system providing support to people living with disability, and yet, we can do so much better.

“The NDIS is an amazing reform that has changed the lives of many, with a ground-breaking outlook focusing on empowering participants to work towards achieving their goals,” Mr Willis said.

Equitable access to high-value physiotherapy for people living with disability is at the core of the 30,000-strong association’s mission.

“Unfortunately, the disability sector reports a lack of coverage for many persons living with disability, and mainstream and community support services remain unintegrated and unavailable,” he said.

“Ensuring that people with disability have access to the physiotherapy services they need, wherever they are, must be a priority of all levels of government.

“The theme for IDPD 2021 is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”

”Let’s not go back to ‘normal’, let’s work towards ‘much better’, with inclusion and participation for everyone,” Mr. Willis urged.


*This project was funded under the Jobs and Market Fund administered by the Department of Social Services.


Scott Willis is available for further comment.


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