Older people are an increasing proportion of Australia’s population, and they have specific health and wellbeing requirements. Physiotherapists work with older people in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals, rehabilitation settings, community and residential aged care.
The Gerontology group offers members the latest information on policy changes, articles on evidenced-based physiotherapy for older people and a strong network of supportive peers.
Member benefits include:
- regular e-Updates, including up-to-date information on relevant physiotherapy issues and events
- discount on all PD courses and events organised by the Gerontology group
- free attendance at lectures organised by the Gerontology group
- opportunity to be involved in committees in your state or at a national level, including the biannual conference scientific committee.
- opportunity to contribute to select topics/areas that interest you – including clinical, academic, research and policy
- progression to titling and specialisation in the field of gerontology
- access to the Facebook group
- APA national groups align with the speciality interest subgroups within the WCPT. Further information can be found here.
About the group
Gerontology group members are passionate about the health and wellbeing of older people and the key role physiotherapists play in supporting them to achieve their health and wellbeing goals, at all stages of the ageing continuum. Members are committed to collaborative, sustainable, high quality and high value healthcare that promotes independence and quality of life.
Some examples of the work the gerontology group has contributed to include:
- Residential Aged Care Funding Reform
- Single Quality Framework
- Aged Care Legislated Review
- Aged Care Workforce Strategy Task Force
- Inquiry into the Quality of Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities in Australia
- Assistive Technology for Older Australians.
Professional development is a strong focus of the group. Level 1 and Level 2 courses enable you to progress along the titling and specialisation pathway. There is also a vibrant lecture program that tackles topical issues and latest research and we also collaborate with other APA National Groups for joint lectures and courses to better support access to a breadth of clinical topics.
There are many opportunities to be involved in shaping the future of the Gerontology group. You can volunteer for committee positions in your state or at a national level, or contribute your ideas for professional development and other activities.
Every two years, the APA conference scientific committee works to produce a high quality program for each area of physiotherapy, including gerontology, giving you another opportunity to influence this area of the profession.