The Leadership and Management group brings physiotherapists working in a variety of leadership and management roles together. This includes physiotherapists working in senior roles, department heads or managers within the public sector and education, those working in management roles in the private sector, and physiotherapists interested in governance and professional leadership issues.
Leadership is a key component in the effective delivery and management of health services everywhere throughout Australia—whether in the public or private sector. While there are a range of available courses that physiotherapists can complete, often the greatest source of knowledge can be attained through the networks of current leaders and managers, each of whom have a broad range of experience to share. Within the APA, the group that can offer this support is the leadership and management group.
Professional development looks a little different for the leadership and management group than for the APA’s clinical national groups. It often involves guest speakers—sometimes from within the physiotherapy profession, but often crossing professional boundaries—providing valuable insight into key strategies for providing effective leadership and addressing the major issues facing physiotherapists in healthcare.