Mindfulness for health professionals – by Dr Kathryn Choules (PhD) and Dr Samantha Clarke (PhD)

Kathryn Choules

Due to my own developing interest in mindfulness in my own practice as an optometrist, and for the wider community of health practitioners, I thought it was worth asking mindfulness teachers and psychologists about how health practitioners can be mindful in their practice and interactions with patients. I was fortunate enough to receive responses from [Read More…]

APA statement on physio role in acute ankle sprain management

physio role in acute ankle sprain

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has reacted to a suggestion by a recent study that there is no evidence to support a clinically important improvement in outcome with the addition of supervised physiotherapy to usual care for acute ankle sprain. Despite the findings of the study and some reports with similar suggestions, APA strongly asserts [Read More…]

Pharmacists’ responses to codeine upscheduling decision

prescription only codeine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has announced that products containing codeine will be available only with a prescription from February 1, 2018. Pharmacists are largely disappointed with the decision. They say that this is not the answer to misuse issues and, that it creates a new problem for patients who genuinely need them. According to [Read More…]

Are athletes psychologically ready to return after severe injury?


The psychological readiness of athletes to return to sport after severe injury is more difficult to predict than physical readiness. While physical aspects can be dictated by exact measures, such as tissue healing, psychological scarring can have a long-term effect on function and performance. An athlete could be considered ready if they have realistic expectations, [Read More…]

Research revealed four types of sport and exercise to promote longevity


According to an international research collaboration, there are three sports that could prevent premature death from cardiovascular disease (CVD). They are racquet sports, swimming and aerobics. Cycling, swimming and running were not shown to have a significant association with reduced CVD mortality. The study investigated the associations of those six different types of sport/exercise with [Read More…]

Addressing physiotherapy workforce shortages in rural and remote Australia


The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is calling for the Federal Government to extend its Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine to the physiotherapy workforce to strengthen rural healthcare. Chair of the APA’s Rural Members’ group, Daniel Mahony, said that if the government is serious about addressing patient outcomes and health workforce shortages in rural and [Read More…]

Becoming a provider in the NDIS


Registration for individuals or organisations to become a provider of support or products to a participant in the NDIS is open. Key points for consideration for becoming a provider are: So far 17,300 people are benefitting from the NDIS across seven trial sites with over $950 million invested in services and equipment The roll out [Read More…]

Don’t choose Physio as a career if:


So you think you want to be a Physio? Do you really know what a Physio does every day? By reading this article I want to help you to either reinforce your future career pathway, or stop you from making a really big mistake. If you’re not scared of the truth, read on! I often [Read More…]

10 lessons extracted from 10 years of physiotherapy practice


Gold Coast based physiotherapist and the founder of POGO Physio, Brad Beer, has shared some valuable lessons he learned through 10 years practicing as a physiotherapist and a business owner. Launching his first practice shortly after graduating, Brad has experienced highs and lows of running a business while treating his clients personally. Taken from Brad’s [Read More…]

ATAR and OP scores for every physiotherapy course in Australia

raining ATARS

Undergraduate physiotherapy courses are offered by 14 universities across 21 campuses in Australia. The vast majority of undergraduate courses are 4 years in duration and require an ATAR of over 95. There are some physiotherapy courses where the ATAR required is in the 80s, which is an equivalent OP range of 6 to 8. Please [Read More…]

APA career framework pathways

APA physiotherapist career pathway

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has released details of its planned Physiotherapy Career Pathway. The pathway framework is intended to harmonise set of standards and competencies for physiotherapists. The framework is going to be the umbrella for all training, mentoring, research, and assessment for the APA and universities in Australia and possibly New Zealand. The [Read More…]

More physiotherapy students #GoRural for clinical placements…. And get better marks

physiotherapy rural clinical placements

A study from the University of Newcastle have found that there has been a greater number of physiotherapy clinical placements to rural areas for the past 12 years, with students going to rural areas also achieving higher assessment marks than those completing their placements in metropolitan areas. Australian Physiotherapy Association Rural Group Chair Daniel Mahony [Read More…]

Skilled Occupations List submissions put workforce shortages and excesses in the spotlight

Skilled Occupation List 2016

The new Skilled Occupations List (SOL) comes into effect on 1st July 2016. There have been changes to the status of a number of health professions, and a large number have been flagged for consideration in 2017. Health professions being added to SOL from 1st July 2016: Orthotist or prosthetist Audiologist Health professions being removed [Read More…]

We’re frozen, there’s no provision for preventative health and it will be difficult for the poor to stay well – the aftermath from the 2016 Federal Health Budget

2016 health budget

The Minister for Health Sussan Ley has said that the 2016 federal budget puts patient outcomes at the centre of health reform, but there doesn’t seem to be much agreement from the health industry. One of the main reasons why the industry hasn’t supported the health budget is due to the freeze on the Medicare [Read More…]

61 recommendations for Choosing Wisely Australia

choosing wisely 61 recommendations

Sparking conversations between patients and clinicians about what care and management is truly necessary for specific conditions is the goal of the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative. The campaign has released 61 recommendations of tests, treatments and procedures that may not be necessary and could cause harm to Australian patients as the global healthcare initiative continues [Read More…]

Physio sets up not-for profit exercise club for men with prostate cancer – a Q&A with Jo Milios

Jo Milios

You know you’ve stumbled upon someone pretty special when you come across a PhD candidate who’s doing the “research translation bit” BEFORE finishing their PhD. That’s exactly what Perth physiotherapist Jo Milios has done in setting up PROST! for patients with prostate cancer. You set up PROST! Exercise Club 4 Prostate Cancer in Perth. Can [Read More…]

Quadriplegic Barney Miller’s personal journey to walk again with exercise intervention

therapy after spinal cord injury

At the age of 20, northern NSW resident Barney Miller was a promising surfer who, after a car accident refused to believe what his doctor said. That his brain could not communicate with the rest of his body. Barney didn’t accept that as a quadriplegic and will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest [Read More…]

From frustration to freedom – how physiotherapist Michael Dermansky changed his approach to help his clients achieve results beyond their wildest dreams

Michael Dermansky

We love it when we hear from practitioners who are out there taking their knowledge and skills to the next level to help their patients. That’s exactly what Michael Dermansky is doing at his practice MD Health Pilates….. “I’ve been in the physiotherapy industry since 1998, working to help people not only recover from injuries, [Read More…]

Are you really listening? A view from the other side. By Gitte Backhausen – patient

Gitte Backhausen profile

Okay, so I know it’s practitioner month on My Health Career in May and that most of what we’re doing is sharing stories about the inspiring things health professionals are up to. When I got this article through from Gitte, I literally felt a bit sick in my stomach reading about everything she’d been through. [Read More…]

From physio to Founder and CEO of Hit 100 – a Q&A with Karn Ghosh

Hit 100 Karn

Even during his busy schedule as founder and CEO of Hit 100, the first company worldwide to tackle the issues faced by people with diabetes or pre-diabetes in a “doctor meets chef” way, Karn Ghosh has answered our questions on what it’s like being starting a startup, what qualities to look for in team members, [Read More…]

Tennis player perceptions on difference court surfaces

how tennis players perceive court surfaces

A UK study has found an association between tennis court surfaces and player perceptions as well as biomechanical response. The study also aimed to evaluate the influence of prior clay court experience. It involved two groups of player, high-experience and low-experience with clay court, to perform a 180° turning movement. Researchers collected three types of [Read More…]

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is welcoming providers from July 2016

how to be a provider with the NDIS

Participation in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will soon become available for every health professional interested to become a provider. Over 460,000 Australians with disability will enter the NDIS in coming years. There are growth opportunities for providers who respond to this new demand. Providers will be given the resources and tools to adjust [Read More…]

Research confirms the effectiveness of exercise for lower back pain prevention.

exercise to prevent back pain

What happens when you put together a team of researchers who conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of 23 published reports including 30,850 participants in 21 different randomized clinical trials to see if there were any clear recommendations for the prevention of low back pain (LBP)? You get a result…….. The study found that exercise [Read More…]

The first national approach to supporting children with developmental delay or disability

early childhood early intervention NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has marked the first nationally-consistent approach to supporting children with developmental delay or disability by the release of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach. Under the ECEI approach, a child and their family will be referred to a specialist early childhood access partner [Read More…]

Checked your professional indemnity insurance lately? Revised PII standards for 8 professions will come into effect on 1 July 2016

AHPRA professional indemnity insurance

Effective on 1 July 2016, eight health professions in Australia will need to meet the obligations of the revised standard for professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements. The revised standard will replace the existing standard that is currently in place. The registration standard does not apply to the current cycle of renewals. However, the practitioners need [Read More…]

Revised registration standards for 6 registered health professions

AHPRA revised registration standards published 2016

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has published revised registration standards for six registered health professions, these being medicine, medical radiation practice, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, podiatry, and psychology. The revised registration standards are for: Continuing professional development (CPD) Recency of practice Professional indemnity insurance (PII) arrangements However, they do not apply to renewals of [Read More…]

The 10 commandments of patient-centred care

the ten commandments for patient-centred care

A team of UK researchers has transformed their paper, published in the British Journal of General Practice, into a website fully dedicated to covering the 10 commandments for patient-centred treatment. Although it is about general practice, the principles are similar for any health profession, particularly where the profession involves disgnostics, prescribing medications or giving medications [Read More…]

Physitrack partnership with the Australian Physiotherapy Association

physitrack partnership with the Australian Physiotherapy Association

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has embraced technology to advance physiotherapy practice by announcing a three-year, exclusive partnership with Physitrack. Physitrack is the global digital therapeutics provider which recently has collaborated with Apple. Its solutions allow physiotherapists to create tailored exercise programs for patients in seconds. The program chooses from over 2,000 clearly narrated, clinically [Read More…]

A new career pathway for physiotherapists

career pathway for physiotherapists

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is developing a formal pathway to recognise advanced clinical practice of their members in the profession. They are looking to standardise and credential competencies to recognise specialisation and to be able to give appropriate titling relating to advanced practice. The APA believes that in the future, the public and private [Read More…]

$250 million for translating medical research into real benefits

Biomedical Translation Fund

The Australian Government will invest $250 million over two years to help translate Australian health and medical research into commercial reality as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). This investment will provide the funds to improve the quality of life of Australians. The Biomedical Translation Fund alongside the Medical Research Future Fund [Read More…]

Australian hospital statistics 2014-2015

emergency department report 2014-15

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIWH) has released Emergency department care 2014-15: Australian hospital statistics, which reports on emergency department performances across the country. The most positive aspect highlighted in the report are that the majority of emergency department patients are seen on time for their urgency (triage) category. Here is a quick snapshot [Read More…]

Australia’s most loved physiotherapist to be announced soon!

I love my physio 2015

Drumroll please…. The winner of the national “I Love My Physio” competition – Australia’s most loved physiotherapist will be announced tomorrow. The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) launched the 2015 I Love My Physio campaign with Gill Hicks MBE as the ambassador. Ms Hicks lost both her legs in one of the London Underground explosions during [Read More…]

10 year road map for Closing the Gap

ten year road map to close the gap

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash has launched an Implementation Plan as a further commitment to Closing the Gap. The Implementation Plan is a ten-year road map: a strategy to better health for Indigenous children, Indigenous youth and Indigenous adults. The Coalition decided to adopt and build on the 10 year National Aboriginal and Torres Strait [Read More…]

16% decrease in notifications – AHPRA 2014-2015 statistics revealed

AHPRA annual report 2014 - 2015

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the National Boards has published the 2014/ annual report. The annual report outlines and highlights AHPRA and the National Board’s activities in 2014/15, as follows:   1.   Improving performance and services 637,218 health practitioners are registered from 14 different professions representing overall growth of 2.9% 16% [Read More…]

What will public physiotherapy services look like in 2025?

physiotherapy InPublic 2025 report

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has released its InPublic 2025 report, providing a comprehensive outlook and vision for the future of public physiotherapy services in Australia. The InPublic 2025 report examines the long-term strategy of the public health sector, the role of physiotherapists within it, and how the environment will change over the next 10 [Read More…]

There is life after stroke

7 steps to stroke recovery video

Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia has released “7 Steps to Stroke Recovery” educational video to answer often asked questions about what’s next for stroke survivors. The video features stroke rehabilitation professionals such as doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech pathologists. They give detailed and helpful suggestions for each step according to their expertise.   [Read More…]

The health industry responds to “Wasted” – the 4 Corners report on overdiagnosis and treatment in medicine

4 Corners Wasted health care system

Following the airing of the Four Corners report “Wasted” on 29th September, which featured commentary on the over diagnosis and over treatment of common health complaints including back pain, knee pain, chest pain and prostate testing, the conversation about inappropriate tests and procedures has gone well beyond the medical profession. “Wasted” implied that doctors are [Read More…]

More than 155,000 health practitioners due to renew registration by 30th November

health practitioner registration renewals

Twelve National Boards have launched their registration renewal campaigns for health practitioners whose registration to practise expires on 30 November 2015. A news item about renewal of registration is published on each of the following National Board websites: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board of Australia Chinese Medicine Board of Australia Chiropractic Board [Read More…]

Mo Farah’s achievements and running technique

Mo Farah's running technique

Mo Farah, the double Olympic & double world champion middle distance runner has had his running technique featured in a British Journal of Sports Medicine podcast. Stephen Aspinall, Chairman of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), interviewed Andy Cornelius, a Graduate Sport Rehabilitator and head running coach who works in private clinics, [Read More…]

Becoming a health practitioner – registering with AHPRA

AHPRA health practitioner registration fees

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency has recommended that students who are about to graduate as health practitioners apply for registration 4-6 weeks before finishing your course. For many students, that is NOW!!! About to graduate as a health practitioner? Apply 4-6 weeks before finishing your course. More: http://t.co/TBvBlUJ0do — AHPRA (@AHPRA) September 4, 2015 [Read More…]

ATAR and OP scores for every physiotherapy course in Australia

ATAR for physiotherapy

The information in this article has been superseded by our 2016 article. Undergraduate physiotherapy courses are offered by 15 universities across 21 campuses in Australia. The vast majority of undergraduate courses are 4 years in duration and require an ATAR of over 95. There are some physiotherapy courses where the ATAR required is in the [Read More…]

AHPRA welcomes report of 3 year independent review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme which regulates 14 health professions in Australia


The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency recently welcomed a report following an independent three-year review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) and the Health Ministers’ response to its recommendations. ‘Such positive and constructive feedback reflects the focus and commitment to improvement of everyone who works at AHPRA, all members of national, state and [Read More…]

Under-reporting of self-reported symptoms in post-concussed athletes

Athletes reporting of symptoms post-concussion

Athletes’ self-reported symptoms post-concussion related to sport are underreported, according to a study which was published in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport recently. Symptom reporting in concussed athletes was examined in two different testing environments. Athletic team trainers used the ImPACT Post-Concussion Scale to collect data on self-reported symptoms, which were compared to [Read More…]

Jobs4physios: A New Job Portal for Physiotherapists

Jobs4physios to connect phisiotherapists and employers

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has launched a new jobs board to connect physiotherapists and related allied health professionals with healthcare employers. The online job portal named Jobs4physios is the replacement of the APA’s Classifieds Board and the APA expects it to provide a strong alternative to existing employment websites. APA CEO, Cris Massis, said [Read More…]

Overcoming burnout as a physiotherapy practice owner – Q&A with Nick Schuster

burnout in physiotherapists

Recently we did a callout looking for health professionals to comment on their experience of burnout. We received a response from Brisbane based physiotherapist Nick Schuster, who treats more than 100 of his own patients per week, manages 12 staff, and looks after a growing business. As if that isn’t enough…… Nick also wrote and [Read More…]

Allied health misses a guernsey in the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce – by Amanda Griffiths

Medicare Benefits Scheme Review Taskforce

It’s been about a month since Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the members of the Federal Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG). Although the PHCAG is made up of members from a number of health professions including physiotherapy, medicine and pharmacy, it is blatantly obvious [Read More…]

Do walking groups really have health benefits?

Are walking groups effective

So, do walking groups really have health benefits? The answer is yes. Researchers from Norwich Medical School in the UK have performed a systematic review of the evidence on outdoor walking groups, and have found that they have wide-ranging health benefits with good participant adherence. The review was of papers published in English, focusing on [Read More…]

#WhyWeDoResearch campaign – by Cheryl Prescott and Claire Gibbs

Claire Gibbs and Abby Greaves

“The #WhyWeDoResearch campaign was conceived and launched via Twitter by Claire Gibbs, Senior Clinical Research Nurse (@ClaireGibbsUK) and Abby Greaves, Research Administrator, (@JPUHResearch) at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2014. Their intention was to use the hashtag #WhyWeDoResearch as a way to introduce core research team members to the public, [Read More…]

To stretch or not to stretch? Static stretching before sport

is static stretching effective for athletes

The Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal has published a review questioning whether static stretching is useful in athletes. Static stretching is commonly practice as an integral part of athletic preparation, which aims to improve flexibility, enhance physical performance, prevent injury to the musculotendinous unit (MTU), and improve the speed of return to sport after injury. The [Read More…]

Physiotherapist brings urinary incontinence to the stand-up comedy stage

physio for urinary incontinence

The Guardian has reported on physiotherapist Elaine Miller, who had just given birth to her third baby when she realised that she had urinary incontinence. Her condition improved after practising three different pelvic floor exercises, three times a day. Sadly, Elaine found that many women with the same condition know nothing about the benefits of [Read More…]

Over prescribed and under used: corticosteroid inhalers in Australia

use of asthma inhalers in Australia

The Australian Centre for Airways disease Monitoring (ACAM) has reported that prescription respiratory medications are being over-prescribed and under-used in Australia. The report shows that in 2013, prescription respiratory medications were dispensed to over 2 million people (about 9% of the population) but most only used them occasionally. Professor Guy Marks, Director of ACAM said, [Read More…]

New dairy recommendation for endurance athletes from AIS

dairy reccomendation for endurance athletes

A study by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in conjunction with Monash University and the University of Queensland has found that eating a dairy based meal before cycling reduces bone breakdown during and after exercise. Endurance athletes, such as cyclists, are at risk of low bone mineral density causing poor bone health. Professor Louise [Read More…]

How phytoestrogens decrease symptoms of menopause – by Melanie McGrice AdvAPD

Melanie McGrice Headshot

Melanie McGrice (AdvAPD) is one of Australia’s best known dietitians. She is a highly respected author and health presenter on nutrition and dietary issues – and a lover of great food! Learn more about dietary recommendations for menopause or other health conditions or join her free nutrition and wellbeing network at www.melaniemcgrice.com.au   Did you [Read More…]

Call for health professionals to be more aware of signs of child sexual abuse surfaces during royal commission

child sexual abuse in institutions royal commission

The ABC has again reported on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They recently published revelations by psychologist Terence Kirkpatrick that he was sexually abused by a psychologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) in 1967 when he had been referred to the clinic to be treated for what was [Read More…]

Advertising health services is about so much more than the AHPRA guidelines

advertising laws for health professionals

Health practitioners need to be aware that their advertising must comply not just with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines where appropriate, but also with national law. Consumer Law The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the authority who enforces the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The Act covers areas including false [Read More…]

The health industry’s reaction to the 2015 Federal Budget

health industry federal budget

As usual, the federal government’s health budget has been a mixed bag for the industry. Professional bodies representing practitioners including podiatrists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, optometrists, dentists, nurses and medical students have all had something to say about the budget. Here’s a summary……   Building a Healthier Medicare The Government has announced that they [Read More…]

Physiotherapy Board developing a case for physios to prescribe scheduled medications

prescribing rights for physiotherapists

The Physiotherapy Board of Australia is continuing to develop a case as to why it is in the best interests of the public for physiotherapists to be able to prescribe scheduled medications. The board has applied for approval to endorse the registration of physiotherapists for scheduled medicines under the National Law. The Board is engaging [Read More…]

My rant following the most recent round of careers expos….

The dark side of career expos

I have just returned from a series of 4 careers expos in the New South Wales towns of Young, Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst. Although this website was started especially for high school students considering a career in health and has lots of resources such as videos from real health practitioners and pathways information, there are [Read More…]

Non-medical prescribing in the UK

non medical prescribing

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stated that only “appropriate practitioners” can prescribe medicine in the UK. There are two categories of the said practitioners: Independent prescribers, who are healthcare professionals responsible for assessing patient and making clinical decisions about how to manage the patient condition and prescribing medication. They include doctors, dentists, [Read More…]

Would you spend 30 hours a month with older folk to get free accommodation during uni?

Live in aged care facility during uni

According to a report in The Journal in Ireland, a nursing home in Deventer in the Netherlands is opening its doors for uni students to live with the elderly as housemates. Why would any young free uni students wish to live with the pensioners instead of partying with fellow college roommates? The rent is free. [Read More…]

Polio Australia: Improving Health Outcome for Australia’s Polio Survivors

Polio Australia

Many thanks to Mary-ann Liethof, National Program Manager of Polio Australia for contributing this valuable information for health professionals. Acute Polio Australia experienced waves of polio epidemics throughout the 20th century. However, with the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines, polio was an uncommon infection in Australia by the early 1960s. According to the [Read More…]

Announcement of successful applicants for Primary Health Networks

Medicare Locals to Primary Health Networks

Minister for Health Sussan Ley has announced the successful applicants to run the 31 Primary Health Networks which will replace the 61 Medicare Locals from 1st July. In a statement from The Department of Health, the Primary Health Networks will “replace Labor’s flawed Medicare Local system of 61 fragmented regions, which were found by an [Read More…]

Multidisciplinary care of chronic diseases for cost effectiveness and surgery prevention

multidisciplinary care of chronic disease

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) have released a report revealing that surgery could be avoided if patients with diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis were seen by multidisciplinary teams of health professionals. Allied health professionals can provide effective treatment that improves outcomes and reduces costs for patients with diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis, thus [Read More…]

Data collection software to support injury and concussion in athletes

sports injury and concussion software

The InjuryEdata Project has been launched, which involves a new software to record and collate data about injuries and concussions across all levels of sport. The ACT Branch of Sports Medicine Australia (SMA-ACT) collaborated with RecordPro to develop this support tool. The data collected by the software would be used to analyse the relationship between [Read More…]

Sprint mechanics for better performance

sprint mechanics in world class athletes

The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports has published a study presenting what could be new insights into aspects of the biomechanical limits of human locomotion. The objective of this study was to characterize the mechanics of maximal running sprint acceleration in high-level athletes. It involved four elite and five sub-elite sprinters to [Read More…]

The effectiveness of tailored hand exercises for the rheumatoid hand

hand exercises for arthritis

The Lancet has published a study by the Strengthening and Stretching for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand (SARAH) Trial Team in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) on tailored exercises to improve the function of the rheumatoid hand. The study estimated the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of tailored hand exercise in addition to usual care for [Read More…]

Sleep patterns and sports performance

sleep pattern and sports performance

A research team at the Univesity of Birmingham found that sporting ability is impacted by the circadian phenotype. That is, the internal body clock. The study led by Dr Roland Brandstaetter took 20 female hockey players who asked to perform a series of 20m runs at six different times of day between 07:00 and 22:00. [Read More…]

Movement of the human foot in 100 pain free individuals

normal feet

The Journal of Foot and Ankle Research has published a study by researchers from the University of Salford, UK about the movement of human foot in 100 pain free individuals. The study was based on understanding that the motion in a normal healthy foot is a prerequisite for understanding the effects of pathology on foot [Read More…]

Polio resources for health professionals

polio resources for health professionals

Polio Australia has compiled a clinical practice resource module for health professionals as a broader information in support and health care for polio survivors, management of the Late Effects of Polio and/or Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS). The module has drawn from polio specialist, polio survivors, and evidence-based literature. On the website, there are also other resources [Read More…]

Will physiotherapists be routinely using lung ultrasound for critical care in the future?

physiotherapists and lung ultrasound for critical care

A paper published in Physiotherapy Research International has looked at the physiotherapist’s respiratory assessment in critical care, and in particular, identifying parenchymal pulmonary pathology. The paper notes that the limited diagnostic of tools such as auscultation and chest X-ray might may not for allow the accurate differentiation between conditions such as lung collapse, consolidation and [Read More…]

Are plain cigarette packs really making a difference?

plain cigarette packaging study

On 1 December 2012, Australia became the first country in the world to introduce mandatory plain cigarette packaging. Cigarette manufacturers were required to produce plain cigarette packs with a large of coloured graphic health warnings (GHW). The purposes of the legislation are: Reducing the appeal of tobacco products to consumers Increasing the effectiveness of health [Read More…]

AHPRA to introduce further drug screening procedures for practitioners with substance related impairment

AHPRA drug testing for health practitioners

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will be introducing mandatory hair testing for all practitioners with a substance related impairment. Under the screening protocol, all health practitioners who have restrictions on their registration linked to previous substance abuse will have routine hair testing in addition to the urine drug screening as per the interim [Read More…]

Upskilling online made possible by Monash University

Monash Online courses for health professionals

The health industry is incredibly rewarding yet can be a mentally draining area to work in. Take it from Natasha Jennings of the Alfred Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre, who shared her typical day online at Health Victoria. Her exhausting day begins at 5am and she is seeing patients as soon as she steps into [Read More…]

What’s the best diet? Free public event in Brisbane run by Dietitian Connection

Dr Joanna McMillan

Dietitian Connection has put together a world-class program of speakers so that your patients / clients and any member of the public can go along and hear about what they should REALLY be eating. With the theme “What’s the best diet? Paleo? Gluten-free? Sugar-free?” the event is sure to do some major myth-busting about what [Read More…]

Are your clients gluten free for the right reasons? by Sally Marchini APD

Sally Marchini dietitian

Accredited Practising Dietitian Sally Marchini was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes almost 40 years ago and then coeliac disease 13 years ago. It was that second chronic disease diagnosis that inspired her to go to university to become a dietitian, both to benefit her own health and lead by example to help others to enjoy [Read More…]

What do patients think about digital health? By Cathie Reid – Digital Health Summit post 4

technology in health

This is the fourth and final post in my series from the Digital Health Summit at CES 2015, following on from posts on wearables, disrupting the doctor visit, and how pharmacy can avoid its own Kodak moment. It was fantastic to see the program include a session on the patient perspective, as all too often [Read More…]

Australian Physiotherapy Association puts physiotherapy referrals direct to specialists up as a cost saving measure

Physiotherapy referral to medical specialists

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has chosen a time when the federal government is looking to trim its health spending as the time to put forward its case to save Medicare over $13 million each year. The APA is using data from the Centre for Applied Health Economics and the Deeble Institute as evidence to [Read More…]

Physiotherapists can become credentialled diabetes educators

phsyiotherapists can become credentialled diabetes educators

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) has recently approved physiotherapists to be able to complete a post graduate qualification to become credentialled diabetes educators. The decision is made following the application of The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) to change the current guidelines by enabling Type II diabetes patients to receive Medicare benefits for five sessions [Read More…]

A day in the life of an AFL sports physiotherapist

a day in the life of an afl sports physiotherapist

Sports Medicine Australia has released an article outlining what happens on game day for West Coast Eagles sports physiotherapist Kane Spagnolo….. and it’s planned to the minute! Before the game The week before the game, the head sports trainer ensures everyone has the necessary supplies so that game day can be as efficient and effective [Read More…]

Needing ACL surgery doesn’t have to be the end of a sport at a high level

ACL surgery

The Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, led by Ganesh M.V. Kamath,  recently examined the return to play and reinjury rates among elite Division I college athletes after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair, by performing a retrospective medical chart review of all UNC athletes from 2000 to 2009 who had ACL [Read More…]

Aussie blokes under 35 who play footy – the likely patients in hospital due to sporting injuries

sports injuries causing hospitalisation

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report “Australian sports injury hospitalisations 2011-2012.” It is estimated that 36,000 people aged 15 and over spent a total of 79,000 days in hospital due to injury sustained while playing sport. According to the report, around one third of all sports injury hospitalisations [Read More…]

Physios referring directly to specialists – worth the $13 million annual savings or fragmenting care?

physiotherapy referrals

A Griffith University study has investigated the likely financial impact of physiotherapists referring patients directly to specialist medical practitioners. Under the current system, a physiotherapist who believes a patient needs specialist care must refer the patient to a general practitioner who will decide on the care plan. According to the study, on average, six referrals [Read More…]

AHPRA seeking health practitioner members for 11 of its 14 boards

AHPRA national board applications

AHPRA is seeking to fill 102 practitioner and community member vacancies on 11 of its national boards. Professions which have board vacancies for health professionals are Chinese medicine, chiropractic, dental, medical, nursing & midwifery, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology. The functions of a national board include the registration of students and practitioners in [Read More…]

Clinical Pilates and Physiotherapy

Clinical pilates and physiotherapy

PhysioAdvisor.com has published an article which promotes Clinical Pilates as a form of exercise which focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing. The Pilates Method, developed in Germany in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, is now being used along physiotherapy to treat a number injuries including those of the [Read More…]

Does grunting really make a difference when playing tennis?

Grunting tennis players

Anyone who has watched professional women’s tennis in the last few years has probably endured the auditory pain of hearing Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka grunt when they strike the ball. Grunting has been criticized since it was brought into the game by players such as Chris Evert and Monica Seles, as it may give [Read More…]

Where are the physiotherapy courses in Australia?

physiotherapy courses Australia

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has published a list of approved programs of study for physiotherapy qualifications in Australia. Following is a list of undergraduate and postgraduate courses available in Australia. Undergraduate 1.    New South Wales: Australian Catholic University Charles Sturt University University of Newcastle University of Sydney University of Western Sydney 2.    Queensland: [Read More…]

Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge 2014….. and the winners are….

Team UQ

A couple of months ago I was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge. Being offered such a great opportunity is a bit of a privilege, and although I was keen to take part in the day, I was also a bit daunted as it is such a full [Read More…]

Reminder about Therapy Choices for the NDIS

Therapy Choices

In 2013 Occupational Therapy Australia entered into a partnership with the Australian Government to produce Therapy Choices, a website which aims to help people with a disability to better understand the roles of the allied health professionals who are able to provide them support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The website lists the roles [Read More…]

Kids being pushed too far on the sporting field

kids pushed too far in sport

The ABC has published a story about some adolescent athletes being pushed too far, at a time when rapid changes in their bones and muscles leave them at an increased risk of injuries when they play sport. Dr David Hunter from Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital says that sporting injuries in childhood are responsible for [Read More…]

Makers of five finger shoes hit with lawsuit in the US but settle out of court

Five finger shoes

Vibram, makers of the Five Finger shoes, were hit with a class-action lawsuit and could have been forced to pay $3.75 million to buyers of the shoes (click here for the Huffington Post video). In the end, they settled out of court, agreeing to put aside the $3.75 million to pay refunds of up to [Read More…]

World physical therapy day is just around the corner – download your resources now!

World Physical Therapy Day

Okay, so in other parts of the world physiotherapy is known as physical therapy. World Physical Therapy Day (WPTD) will be held one month from today, on 8th September. So that gives you a month to get organized to raise awareness of the impact physios can have. The World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) has [Read More…]

Sally Pearson’s story of aiming high

Sally Pearson

Recently I read Sally Pearson’s autobiography Believe: An Inspirational Story of Aiming High. For those of you who might not know her as Sally Pearson, you might remember her hilarious interview (watch the video below) after winning a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics where she went by her maiden name Sally McLellan. Now when [Read More…]

Career structures and pathways for physiotherapists in the public health system

Hospital physiotherapy

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) published a document in August 2013 called “Career structures and pathways for physiotherapists in the public health system.” Although this is an area that will often be subject to change depending on what is happening in each state around Australia, and the APA has since taken the PDF document down [Read More…]

Prescribing rights for physiotherapists – by Tim Barnwell APA Sports Physiotherapist

Tim Barnwell

My Health Career is pleased to publish a guest article by Tim Barnwell, an APA Sports Physiotherapist who has over 12 years experience. He is currently the Western Australian Representative on the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC meets twice a year to discuss issues related to the Physiotherapy profession across Australia. [Read More…]

Musculoskeletal Disorders…. even in young physiotherapists……

musculoskeletal disorders in physiotherapists

Practising physiotherapy can involve a lot of physical effort. Studies have revealed that work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) in physiotherapists are common, with over 60% of physios expected to experience pain and discomfort. Pain is most commonly experienced in the upper and lower back, the neck, shoulders, wrists, hands and ankles. Some physiotherapists are forced to [Read More…]

Physiotherapists – are you aware of where the opportunities are in the health industry?

Opportunities for physiotherapists

As a health practitioner, you have most likely come across patients who complain about other health practitioners. For me, as an optometrist, I most commonly hear patients complain about their GP, ophthalmologist,and…. sorry about this one…. physiotherapist. And what do people complain about? Most of the time it comes down to two things: Firstly, it’s [Read More…]

Hand Therapy Awareness Week

Hand Therapy Awareness Week hands

Have you ever considered how much you use your hands? Everyday tasks such as typing, eating, holding your mobile phone and getting dressed involve using your hands. But what if injury or illness meant that you didn’t have the full function of your hands? Hand Therapy Awareness Week is being held from 2nd June to [Read More…]

How much do you know about palliative care – really?

National Palliative Care Week

Palliative Care Australia is conducting the National Palliative Care Week between Sunday 25 May, 2014 and Saturday 31 May, 2014 to raise awareness about this growing sector of the health industry. The theme for this year is Palliative Care Everyone’s Business: Let’s Work Together. Palliative Care Australia is inviting everyone, from doctors to specialists, nurses [Read More…]

Patients with chronic diseases – which health practitioners are they being referred to?

Chronic disease referrals

The percentile statistics for the use of the allied health item numbers for patients with a chronic condition who are being managed by their GP under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan have been released on the Medicare website. Under this plan, Medicare rebates are available for a maximum of 5 allied health services per [Read More…]

Allied health practice owners conference – Maida Learning

Cropped DL Flyer FRONT

Allied health professionals and practice owners now have access to education and professional development specifically for their unique business requirements with the establishment of Maida Learning and its inaugural Healthy Practice Conference being held at Canberra’s Hotel Realm on 16 and 17 May. Director of Maida Learning, Amy Geach launched the conference and her third [Read More…]

Physio Hub is launched!

Physio Hub

Sarah Flanagan is an Australian trained and registered physiotherapist.  Studied at the University of Queensland,graduated in 2002 and currently working in Northern Iraq. She is the founder of Physio Hub, a website to search for physiotherapy jobs and courses Australia wide. www.physiohub.com.au “After graduating from physiotherapy in 2002, I was fortunate to secure a new [Read More…]

Health Fusion Team Challenge registration open to uni students

Health industry report

University students studying a health degree in an Australian university are now able to register a team for the 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC). The HFTC is an award winning program aimed at educating students from different disciplines in the area of collaborative patient care. There are 4 basic steps to being involved in the [Read More…]

Physiotherapy workforce data released

Physiotherapy workforce

Health Workforce Australia has released “Physiotherapists in Focus” report as part of its series on the Australia Health Workforce. It revealed that on average, there were 60.1 physiotherapists per 100,000 population in 2006, and 88.4 in 2012. However, there are still difficulties in filling positions in rural and remote areas. The data also suggested that [Read More…]

Advertising guidelines for health professionals changed… just waiting on official AHPRA documentation

AHPRA Action

AHPRA Action, a campaign led by Melbourne surgeon Dr Jill Tomlinson, to have the Guidelines for Advertising Regulated Health Services changed, has had some success, but is still looking for the guidelines document to be changed. The part of the guidelines in question is in section 6.2.3, where it states that: A practitioner must take [Read More…]

So you want to be a physiotherapist – what’s it going to take?

how to become a physiotherapist

So you’re interested in how to become a physiotherapist and want to know what it’s really going to take…… The Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC) accredits physiotherapy courses in Australia, and courses will include a mandatory supervised practice component in a clinical setting. The APC has set out 9 standards required for safe and effective entry [Read More…]

Want to fly to the Northern Territory to inspire the next generation of health practitioners?

NT Rural High School Visits

The Northern Territory Medicare Local is now taking applications for university health students to fly to the Northern Territory to connect with high school students to promote health careers. Participating uni students will have the opportunity to present workshops to high school students to demonstrate the challenges and rewards of health careers, and also share [Read More…]

Non-medical prescribing: the dispute continues

medicine prescribing rights

In Australia, medications are traditionally prescribed by medical practitioners such as general practitioners, dermatologists and paediatricians, as well as dentists. More recently, suitably qualified health professionals including nurse practitioners, optometrists and podiatrists have taken on the role of prescribing medications. In the past it has been up to the professional bodies to lobby for prescribing [Read More…]

Physiotherapy in the Australian Defence Force

Physiotherapy in the defence force

The Australian Defence Force requires the services of physiotherapists for a range of services, which, depending on the type of employment, can include clinical, managerial and rehabilitation work. Some physiotherapists can be deployed and spend time managing the chronic and acute injuries of defence force personnel. Physiotherapists can enter the Australian Defence Force in three [Read More…]

A day in the life of a physiotherapist on an orthopaedic ward

Physio Charlotte

Following is a guest blog post by Charlotte Ganderton, a former physiotherapy graduate at Peninsula Health. Charlotte has recently completed her grad year and has returned to La Trobe University to complete her PhD. Peninsula Health has expanded the Mornington Centre, and are taking applications for 60 new jobs in health care. “A typical day [Read More…]

What it’s really like to be an Olympic sports physio – by Shane Hayes

Sports physiotherapist Shane Hayes

Please note that this post was written before AHPRA specified what is meant by an “APA Sports Physiotherapist.” My Health Career does not imply that Shanes Hayes has this title. He is a physiotherapist who works with sporting teams, which has been abbreviated to “sports physio” or “sports physiotherapist” in this post. Shane Hayes is [Read More…]

The rising cost of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia

Physiotherapy the rising cost of musculoskeletal

Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria have produced a report called “A Problem Worth Solving: the rising cost of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia” which is based on an analysis by Deloitte Access Economics. Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions are the largest National Health Priority Area in Australia, and you can see why with statistics such as these: 6.1 [Read More…]

Physiotherapy provides the key to a better recovery

Physiotherapy intensive care unit

Researchers at Curtin University and the University of Notre Dame Australia and the physiotherapy department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital conducted a study that highlights the need for Intensive Care Unit or ICU patients for early mobilisation as it plays an important role in advancing long term recovery. Dr. Kylie Hall, a researcher from Curtin [Read More…]

Physiotherapists treating tennis elbow

Tennis elbow

Giddy up!! An article about tennis elbow from James Handyside, physiotherapist at Entire Health.  James  first gained an interest in Physiotherapy while at high school. After disclocating his shoulder playing rugby for the third time, and decided he was best on the other side of the chalk.  James studied a Bachelor of physiotherapy at the [Read More…]

Tips for Getting a Sports Physio Job for the Team of Your Choice

Sports physiotherapy jobs

Recently I came across a couple of fantastic resources about getting the sports physio job of your choice. I thought it might be useful for aspiring sports physios, as obviously a lot of people go into the discipline of physiotherapy to work with athletes and sporting teams. The first resource is an interview with Wendy [Read More…]

Physiotherapists in the emergency department

Physiotherapy emergency department

Physiotherapists have been in practice in Australia for many years, but some of their roles in the health system are evolving. Health Workforce Australia has a budget of over $2.5 million to expand the scope of work of physiotherapists in emergency departments. The program is being developed in 8 sites throughout South Australia, Victoria, The [Read More…]

Chronic pain treatment might change soon!!

Physiotherapy chronic pain

The Australian Physiotherapy Association shared a video about chronic pain recently on social media. Obviously physiotherapists will be consulted by people with muscle pain, generally with the expectation of receiving physical treatment and/or an exercise program. Physiotherapist Andrea Polli suggests that there may be a time when 20% of the population experiences chronic pain. In [Read More…]

Hospital physios saving lives

Hospital physiotherapist

My Health Career has had quite a few new subscribers recently, and so I thought that these people might not yet have had the chance to watch the videos on our physiotherapy page (www.myhealthcareer.com.au/physiotherapy). So I thought I’d bring this one to your attention. You see, most people are well aware that doctors, nurses and [Read More…]

Injuries in elite athletes – can these be predicted by sports physios?

Sports physiotherapy

Alex Kountouris, lead physiotherapist for the Australian Cricket Team, recently published a blog post about injury rates in the AFL over the course of a season. He had looked at the data regarding the player load, which was calculated by multiplying the rate of perceived exertion (RPE) by the training or match duration. As you [Read More…]

A physiotherapist helps to “get Pete back on his feet”

Physio - return to work

WorkSafe Victoria recently put up a temporary installation at Southern Cross Station in the Melbourne CBD to raise awareness of the role that physiotherapists play when people are returning to work after an injury. Physio Paul Coburn consults Pete, and literally helps get Pete back on his feet: You will see that Paul does a [Read More…]