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Painaustralia released its National Action Plan for pain management this week, citing allied health as integral to an interdisciplinary approach to improve quality of life for more than 3.24 million Australians living with chronic pain.
With World Continence Week commencing on June 17, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has joined the Continence Foundation in calling for increased awareness and support for the more than five million Australians aged over 15 who live with some form of incontinence.
“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."
About a million orthopaedic surgeries are done each year in Australia. Many of these are joint replacements or spinal surgeries to treat osteoarthritis. Hip and knee replacements alone cost the health system more than any other hospital procedure – over $2 billion a year. And some of these surgeries are on the rise. A Victorian study found that between 1994 to 2014, the number of hip replacements done went up 175 per cent, while knee replacements went up 285 per cent. SBS Insight investigates
In a six-year study comparing complaints against physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths in Australia, researchers at the University of Melbourne found the majority of practitioners not receiving any complaints registered with regulators – all three fields achieving a rate of higher than 90 per cent satisfaction.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) strongly asserts the important role that physiotherapists play in managing acute ankle sprains and preventing their recurrence, despite some media reports that have suggested otherwise.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling for the Federal Government to extend its Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine to the physiotherapy workforce to strengthen rural healthcare.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has joined the call for the Weatherill Government to suspend its ‘Transforming Health’ agenda in response to decisions that show implementation is being driven by budget cuts rather than a commitment to deliver a world-class health system for South Australians.