Emergency physiotherapy is an evolving area of the profession that will grow in importance as Australia’s healthcare system continues to change.
Emergency department physiotherapists work with patients who have presented to the ED for management of an acute injury. Their role is growing in profile and significance, thanks to new demands and processes in Australia’s healthcare system. Governments are keen to see patients moved through emergency quickly and safely, while keeping costs down.
Members of the group receive regular emails, which include news of opportunities, relevant research articles, resources and updates on committee activities around the country.
The increasing focus on emergency departments by the Australian government has put pressure on all members of the ED team to work efficiently with patients.
Physiotherapy services in emergency departments have been shown to achieve positive outcomes across a variety of presentations including musculoskeletal, vestibular and respiratory conditions. The expertise that physiotherapists provide contributes to the holistic care of patients, provides clinical counsel in specialised areas and frees up doctor resources. There is significant research being conducted into physiotherapists expanding their role in EDs to create better, more efficient patient outcomes.
Being part of this group will allow you to stay on top of clinical discussions and the latest research. Questions of scope and best practice can be discussed online via the ED Facebook group or face-to-face at committee meetings and professional development events.
There are many opportunities to be involved in shaping the future of the Emergency Department Physiotherapy group. You can take on leadership positions on state or national committees and provide direction on professional development activities.