Members of the Mental Health group play an integral role in creating a culture of physiotherapy in mental healthcare—improving the awareness and recognition of the importance of physiotherapy and its contribution to a multidisciplinary team approach.
Mental health care has progressed significantly in the last 50 years. More holistic care that’s centred on the patient is now the norm in Australia, which has put physical activity and its benefits firmly in the spotlight.
Physiotherapists’ experience in this area is a relatively new development, so sources of professional support are vital. Joining the Mental Health Physiotherapy group is an easy way to connect with other physiotherapists across Australia who are working in or interested in this area.
Members of the group receive quarterly emails written by other physiotherapists with experience in the field. You’ll receive updates and news, relevant research articles, reflections on professional development and updates on committee activities around the country.
You also have access to a full calendar of lectures and courses relevant to you, allowing you to continue your professional development. All courses (including those co-convened by other national groups) are offered at a discount to group members.
The Mental Health Physiotherapy group is a newly formed national group of the APA.
We created the group because we feel that physiotherapy needs to be recognised as an important part of contemporary mental health care. Our aim is to create a culture of physiotherapy in mental health care in Australia, based on evidence regarding the benefits of exercise for overall quality of life.
The APA has recently joined International Organization of Physical Therapists in Mental Health (IOMPTH), a World Confederation of Physical Therapy sub-group, and echoes the group’s sentiment that the contribution of physiotherapists working in this area needs to be brought into the spotlight.
Because we are a young group, there are many opportunities for you to assume leadership positions on state or national level committees or to provide direction through suggestions for projects or professional development activities.
Every two years, the APA conference scientific committee works to produce a high quality program for each area of physiotherapy, including mental health, giving you another opportunity to influence this area of the profession.