Physiotherapists are involved in the care of people from all walks of life. One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some stage in their life plus c Comorbid mental health problems are common amongst people who access physiotherapy services including but not limited to those experiencing chronic pain, chronic physical illness, multiple pain areas or following a traumatic event. In Australia, approximately one in five adults will experience mental illness in any given year and physiotherapists and other health care professionals can expect to have close contact with someone experiencing a mental illness or a mental health problem.
Lack of knowledge and stigmatising attitudes about mental illness may prevent people from seeking help or providing appropriate support because they do not know how. Stigmatised attitudes and lack of knowledge about mental health conditions are not limited to the general public and can impact on healthcare workers interactions with patients. Stigmatising attitudes can reinforce disempowerment, loss of self-belief and a sense of shame in the person with comorbid mental health problems.3,4 It has been suggested that training of healthcare workers in mental health literacy is essential to ensure appropriate support and referrals are made for people with mental illness.5 This MHFA course will improve mental health literacy of physiotherapists.
This course will explore the theoretical and practical sides of managing sporting injuries with an emphasis on current research. Presented topics include shoulder, ankle and knee injuries with focus specifically on ligament, tendon and muscle. Participants will also gain information on acute onfield management and travelling with a sports team, as well as a large practical component on taping techniques.
APA has partnered with ASCA to provide the Level 1 ASCA Strength and Conditioning Coaching Course, specifically adapted for sports physiotherapists. The ASCA coaching programs are registered with the National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS), which is administered by the Australian Sports Commission and is recognised as an industry leader via international affiliates across the globe. The course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to understand, apply and design programs including basic training principles and variables to physically prepare beginner level athletes to improve their sports performance. This adapted course will be conducted over one full day and is only available to SPA members. Participants must attend the full 1 day course, and required further practical supervision post-course (30 hours) with an ASCA coach, to gain accreditation.
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This course is designed to improve your existing knowledge and skills developed from the Paediatric Level 1 course and/or established during your own clinical practice. The Paediatric Level 2 course offers an opportunity to refine your clinical reasoning skills from infancy to adolescence and apply these to skills to numerous paediatric conditions.
Using a case-based approach, you will learn about many different assessment tools and their applicability to age, conditions and settings. Intervention approaches will also be taught alongside decision making regarding applicability to the goals and needs of a paediatric patient and their family. The Paediatric Level 2 course also includes principles of health promotion, sporting performance and musculoskeletal assessment and management.
Elbow pain often presents a diagnostic dilemma. Intra-articular pathologies, local soft tissues and neural structures may be primary sources of nociception, with psychosocial and environmental factors contributing to symptom severity and chronicity. This course will collectively present assessment, differential diagnosis, and management of elbow conditions. The aim of this course is to provide physiotherapists with an opportunity to improve their knowledge and skills relevant to client-centred assessment and treatment of common elbow conditions.
This is the first course offered by the APA that will comprehensively review the underlying mechanisms and pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, assessment and management of elbow disorders. This course is suitable for physiotherapists with clinical experience in musculoskeletal and sports injuries, interested in updating their knowledge and improving their skills in the management of elbow injuries.