Physios welcome announcement of permanent telehealth funding

Physios welcome announcement of permanent telehealth funding

Today’s announcement by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt that telehealth will be funded permanently is welcome news to the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and its members. APA members have reported appropriate client uptake and a high degree of satisfaction with telehealth, particularly during COVID-19 restrictions.

APA National President Phil Calvert says, “The announcement of ongoing MBS funding for allied health services will give physios another tool in their significant repertoire to deliver a range of vital services to Australians.”

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.”

Better multidisciplinary funding will improve quality of life for chronic pain sufferers

Better multidisciplinary funding will improve quality of life for chronic pain sufferers

Chronic pain affects one in five Australians, rising to one in three for those aged over 651. Its impact on individuals, families and the wider community can’t be overestimated. During National Pain Week (22-28 July) the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling on the federal government to properly fund evidenced based treatments like physiotherapy that support the complex multidisciplinary care requirements of people living with this debilitating condition.

Physiotherapy treatment integral for Australians living with lymphoedema

Physiotherapy treatment integral for Australians living with lymphoedema

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has joined the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) in calling for federal government funding for the estimated one in 6,000 Australians living with lymphoedema from birth. Additionally, 20 per cent of cancer patients will develop the condition as a result of treatment.

Lymphoedema is the accumulation of fluid in the body which causes uncomfortable swelling, impaired mobility and recurrent infections. It most frequently affects the arms and legs, but can also be present in the groin, head and neck regions.  

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Summit calls for more exercise and funding to combat soaring rates of OA

The National Osteoarthritis (OA) Strategy was unveiled at the OA Summit in Canberra today, with the aim of combatting the soaring rates of OA in Australia and providing cost effective, evidence-based solutions for the more than 2.2 million Australians living with the debilitating condition.