The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) continues to advocate to the Australian government and compensable bodies on a range of issues.Tim
We are fast learning that we need to continually work strategically in both the community and political arena to ensure that Physiotherapy is seen as one of the major contributors to providing conservative, evidence based and good outcome treatment for a vast range of conditions.
Recently the APA won a hard fought battle ensuring Pilates-informed exercises prescribed by physiotherapists as part of an individualised program will continue to receive rebates in one-on-one, group and class settings.
The Department of Health has just released its final clarification on the Rules governing its Private Health reforms and agreed with our position that the use of exercises drawn from Pilates are acceptable and within the scope of physiotherapy practice.
As previously advised and in keeping with the intention of the natural therapy reforms, Pilates-only sessions will no longer be funded as of 1 April 2019. The reform of natural therapies was designed to eliminate rebates for non-evidence-based therapies, and not intended to impact physiotherapy.
However, the review into natural therapies conducted by the government and announced last year, did not differentiate between Pilates-informed exercises prescribed by physiotherapists as part of a treatment program and Pilates offered by fitness instructors and in other contexts.
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Other areas that the APA and Business group is currently working on include but are not limited to: New Graduate readiness to Private Practice, Digital and tele-Health, Marketing and advertising, and Career pathways.
One thing we have learnt is that we need to be continually educating the public and the policy makers about what we do, and through outcome measures and research we need to be proving that physiotherapy in the private setting is a cost effective tool of rehabilitation. This is an ongoing task for the Physiotherapy Business Group of the APA. The strength of the work of the APA is assisted by the high level of engagement and work from our Physiotherapy members. We have learnt that involvement by all members and not just APA staff is vital to achieve great outcomes for our profession.
Physiotherapy Business Group (APA) state representative
IPPTA representative for the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)