About the PRF

From management of lower back pain to stroke rehabilitation, advances in the treatment of physical conditions are largely informed by clinical research. Clinical trials produce a scientific evidence base that enables practising physiotherapists to adopt the latest, safest and most effective techniques when providing care and treatment. The PRF provides grants to support innovative physiotherapy research.


Mission Statement

To support the physiotherapy profession by promoting, encouraging and supporting research that advances physiotherapy knowledge and practice.

Finance and Governance

The PRF was established in 1988 as a charitable trust from the profits of the 1988 conference held by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy in Sydney. The trust deed enables the Foundation to support a range of physiotherapy research and research-related initiatives and the APA is the trustee.

The grant programs operates under the guidance of a grants review committee comprised of physiotherapists currently working in leading research institutions across Australia. The committee assesses each grant application against a set of criteria and provides recommendations for funding to the Board subcommittee.

The PRF is largely funded by APA members, providing the opportunity for practitioners to directly contribute to the research that informs their practice. The financial statements of the PRF are reported separately in the annual report of the APA and are not included in the APA’s consolidated financial statements.

The PRF Annual Report can be found here.