• 15 Aug, 2022

2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission

Submission by the Australian Physiotherapy Association

February 2021

Physio uses innovative VR therapy to alleviate pain

Physio uses innovative VR therapy to alleviate pain

A new virtual reality treatment program has shown patients that there are new ways to think about and treat their pain.

The newly invented treatment was developed by Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Pain Physiotherapist and Menzies Health Institute Queensland researcher Dr Daniel Harvie, who has focused on changing the brain’s perception of the body.

Physiotherapist and man

We’re physiotherapists and we’re here to help

Physiotherapists are ready, willing and able to help relieve pressure on general practice by reducing the burden of care created by conditions readily treated by physiotherapy.

You can get your hair done but you can’t see your physio in regional Victoria

You can get your hair done but you can’t see your physio in regional Victoria

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling on the Andrews Government to urgently reconsider their very limited easing of restrictions in private practice allied healthcare in regional Victoria. 

While hairdressing, beauty services and retail re-open, face-to-face physiotherapy care remains available only for ‘essential’ purposes. This represents only a modest increase in access compared to previous lockdown restrictions.

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.

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) achieves record membership numbers

Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) achieves record membership numbers

The Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) realisation of the historic milestone of 30,000 members has been praised by National President Scott Willis as a testament to the Association’s commitment to the profession, and the importance of its essential role in looking after the health needs of the Australian community.

Physios left in the dark in WA government’s lockdown assistance grant

Physios left in the dark in WA government’s lockdown assistance grant

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) says the recent lockdown across the Perth and Peel regions of Western Australia (WA) - which allowed physiotherapists to only treat via telehealth - caused significant loss of revenue for physiotherapists without qualifying for government assistance.

Perth physiotherapist Tim Barnwell said that his practice had suffered significant losses during the four-day snap lockdown that he would not be able to recoup.

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.

Urgent business assistance a vital lifeline for Victorian private practice physios

Urgent business assistance a vital lifeline for Victorian private practice physios

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) urgently calls on the Victorian Government to enable access to financial relief for healthcare businesses forced to restrict service delivery during the current circuit-breaker lockdown.

Rural health initiatives welcome but major challenges to workforce and viability of services remain

Rural health initiatives welcome but major challenges to workforce and viability of services remain

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes the $123 million investment in rural health workforce and training under the Stronger Rural Health Strategy. This investment delivers a strong package for the rural health workforce and health services to tackle health disparities and strengthen access for rural and remote communities.