After a year of practice restrictions, heightened hygiene concerns and difficult decisions, let us help make renewing your APA membership the easiest decision you’ve made all year. In acknowledgement of the financial setbacks many of our members faced this year, our 2021 membership fees will not increase. The APA is absorbing the significant additional costs associated with your membership fees provide even greater value to you. Now, what could be easier than that?
Our renewals dashboard is now open. Please take a minute to review the new membership categories and pick the one that best reflects your work circumstances. Based on your feedback, we have reinstated options without insurance, as well as streamlined our graduate membership category.
The APA have continued their partnership with BMS Risk Solutions Pty Ltd. to bring you a new, enhanced member insurance program for 2021.
We’ve made some changes to our insurance program. Please read the following to make sure you’re aware of the cover on offer.
What does the 2021 APA member insurance program cover?
At the very minimum, you can rest assured that the APA member insurance program meets the professional indemnity insurance standards for registration with AHPRA and the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. The insurance program includes:
How is this different to what has been covered in the past?
There has been a change to the APA member’s insurance program effective from 31st December 2020 relating to Physiotherapists treating Performance Animals.
$1,000,000 each claim and $1,000,000 in the aggregate inclusive of costs and expenses.
Animals are defined within the Policy Wording as domestic cats and dogs (pets), working dogs, and horses except performance animals. Performance animal is defined within the Policy Wording as horses that compete in thoroughbred or standardbred racing, eventing, dressage and show jumping.
It is a condition of the coverage that there is a Veterinary referral for racehorse work or under the supervision of a Vet. Should coverage in excess of the above sub-limits be required we ask that members contact BMS, and the request shall be referred to insurers.
We have reintroduced membership categories for private practitioners that do not include the APA’s member insurance cover. Whilst we rate our insurance program as high in quality and great in value for members, what we have heard from private practitioners is that you would prefer the flexibility to explore your alternatives. If you were already on a Private membership category in 2020, you will notice that your 2021 membership category remains the same. However, you will be able to change this if you wish. Choose between a membership category that includes insurance (code M1C for full time and M2C for part time) and one that does not (code M1A for full time and M2A for part time). Check out our insurance information above for details on what’s included in the APA’s member insurance program for 2021.
We have removed employment sector from our graduate member categories as we recognise your need to explore your career options in your early career. We aim to both acknowledge and encourage this exploration by simplifying our graduate membership categories. We’ve also made some adjustments to the fees for greater affordability through your early graduate career. If you were already on a graduate membership in 2020, you will notice that your 2021 membership category has been automatically updated for you.
In acknowledgement of the financial setbacks many of our members faced this year, our 2021 membership fees will not increase. The APA will absorb the significant additional costs associated with insurance coverage, guaranteeing your membership fees provide even greater value to you. View the full fee schedule here.
Early bird discount has now closed. Renew by 30 November 11:59pm AEDT and get 15% off your membership fees. Use code WITHYOU2021 at the checkout. Please note, this offer is not available to those paying via monthly instalments, it applies to the general membership fees only. The discount doesn't apply to the National Group subscriptions, magazine subscriptions (SportsPhysio and InTouch) and ACP renewal fees.
Multiple options to suit your needs. Pay for your APA membership upfront or have the convenience of instalments and pay your premiums monthly, as you go.
Don’t forget to explore and make use of the many benefits your APA membership offers.
Receive regular updates through our publications and eNews.
Explore the latest evidence with access to EBSCO and PEDro research databases.
Expand your knowledge and skills through discounted courses and events.
Buy, sell and search for all your private practice needs.
Boost your presence and referrals through inclusion in the Find a Physio directory.
Be protected by one of the best covers in the market at a highly competitive rate.
Discover jobs in your area or post a listing of your own at a discounted rate.
Access exclusive offers and discounts through Member Benefits Australia.
Network with peers and stay up to date with what's happening in your field.
Benefit from exclusive discounts and offers from APA partner organisations.
Feel supported with member-only resources, the member support team and state branches.
Purchase a wide range of quality physiotherapy products and resources.
We’ve given it our all on your behalf. Our biggest win was ensuring physio was recognised as essential healthcare when the nation went into Stage 3 lockdown earlier in the year. Some other highlights of our strong member value and advocacy include:
We got telehealth funding over the line when the country shut down in April and were instrumental in ensuring its continuation into 2021. Our government and PHI advocacy will continue with the strong results from our PRF funded telehealth research study.
We secured PPE access for physios via a strong advocacy and distribution strategy agreed to by the Minister. We continue to work with PHNs to maintain access.
Our social campaigns promoting telehealth and essential reasons for face-to-face treatment reminded Australians that physio was open for business during lockdown.
Improved funding schedules across NSW, SA and Qld compensable bodies have strengthened physio’s role in supporting health outcomes for injured workers and those recovering from road accidents.
Our submission and invitation to give evidence at the COVID-19 Royal Commission highlighted the importance of funding physio and resulted in acceptance of recommendations to create new MBS items for allied health.
We continue to advocate for understanding of the value of physio in primary healthcare settings with our position on the Primary Health Reform and National Preventive Health Strategy steering committees.
Regular COVID Updates
Launched at the beginning of April, these communications provide regular clarification of government measures impacting members and our intense advocacy efforts on behalf of the profession and your patients.
PD and Education
We transitioned our PD offerings to online access almost overnight, created over 200 new online courses and introduced new Live Lecture webinars from leading educators. In conjunction with NSW Health we created a world-first online COVID-19 training course for physios treating ICU patients.
But we’re not done yet. We need you with us all the way in 2021 to continue this vital work for our profession.