The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has secured a role in shaping the future of primary health care. Minister for Health Greg Hunt yesterday announced the establishment of the Primary Health Reform Steering Committee to independently advise the government on the development of a 10 year plan. The APA is a key member.
APA National President Phil Calvert will represent physiotherapists on the committee, which held its inaugural meeting yesterday. The government has recognised the importance of strengthening primary health care to improve patient outcomes, quality of care and access to/experience of care for all Australians.
“Physiotherapy’s inclusion on this committee clearly shows the importance placed on our profession and the contribution physiotherapists make to the long term health and wellbeing of Australians.”
“It places the role of physiotherapy at the forefront of primary health policy development for the next decade.”
All the preeminent health peak bodies are represented on the committee including the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Australian Medical Association and National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.
In a video message played at the opening of the APA’s national scientific conference in Adelaide yesterday, Minister Hunt acknowledged the vital role of physiotherapy in Australia for acute and chronic conditions and thanked the APA for its continued strong advocacy to improve health outcomes.
Phil Calvert is available for further comment.
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