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Aussie tradies asked to share the load, prioritise physical and mental health

Through recent lockdowns and disaster relief efforts, tradies have shouldered a lot, and while many workers have been doing it tough, tradies remain consistently over-represented in workplace injuries and mental health statistics.
APA supports AMA and RACS calls for national surgery plan

APA supports AMA and RACS calls for national surgery plan

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) supports calls by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) for all levels of Government to develop a national plan addressing the growing and increasingly critical backlog of elective surgeries.

The AMA and RACS highlighted new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) data, showing Australians are now waiting even longer for essential surgery.

Physios warn players that gradual return to sport is critical to avoid injury

Physios warn players that gradual return to sport is critical to avoid injury

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling for clubs and players to be aware of the increased risk of sports injuries after the long COVID-19 lay off and as Victorians return to a form of normality.

While many Victorians have been walking, running and cycling to maintain their fitness during quarantine, physiotherapists are warning this doesn’t mean they’re ready to go straight back into local footy, netball or cricket.

Physio care

Face to face care crucial for those who need it

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has raised concerns with the Victorian Government about the impact of the ongoing restrictions which severely limit access to physiotherapy care.

At present, physiotherapy care in private practice can only be provided to critical patients and is not available to patients not meeting that threshold.

Access to vital physiotherapy care essential during lockdowns

Access to vital physiotherapy care essential during lockdowns

Inconsistent lockdown restrictions on essential health services applied by the Western Australian (WA) Government shows an urgent need for a national approach to ensure all Australians have access to vital health services during the ongoing pandemic.

Following their previous lockdown, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) wrote to the WA Government alerting them to the impact on patients’ health care during the COVID-19 lockdowns. The APA called on the WA Government to allow face to face physiotherapy care for patients with critical need.

Landmark report confirms economic value of physiotherapy

Landmark report confirms economic value of physiotherapy

A landmark report released by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) provides irrefutable evidence of the cost effectiveness and enhanced quality of life delivered by physiotherapy interventions.

The Value of Physiotherapy report launched today by Olympic athlete Jessica Trengove, delivers a comprehensive, independent analysis undertaken by the NOUS Group that demonstrates the economic benefits that physiotherapy provides to patients and the Australian healthcare system.

Avoid spring cycling knee pain

Avoid spring cycling knee pain

Cycling is great exercise and a wonderful way to explore your local area and bike trails.  But too much enthusiasm and not enough preparation can lead to a soft tissue injury known as 'spring knee' .

Telehealth subsidy extension welcomed by the APA

Telehealth subsidy extension welcomed by the APA

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement on Thursday of an extension to Medicare subsidies for telehealth services until March 31, 2021.

APA National President Phil Calvert says, “The extension will support the physiotherapy profession to continue to deliver vital services using telehealth. The preliminary results of our ongoing research into the effectiveness of telehealth shows that the majority of consumers accessing telehealth feel safe and secure during and after the consultation.”

Is this elite sport's top physio?

Is this elite sport's top physio?

She miraculously healed ballet megastar David Hallberg’s achilles. Now Dr Sue Mayes AM is onto her next challenge — keeping our top dancers conditioned in lockdown.

Employers exposed to work-from-home injury claims, say lawyers

Employers exposed to work-from-home injury claims, say lawyers

Ominously, early warning signs are already there, as physiotherapists are reporting more complaints of sore backs and necks due to poorly set up home offices.