Opt-out period for My Health Record starts soon, but most Australians in favour of having a record

My Health Record

Consumers Health Forum and NPS MedicineWise published the Engaging Consumers in their Health Data Journey Report two months before the opt-out period starts for My Health Record. The report revealed that a large portion of the Australian population are in favour of having a My Health Record created for them. It confirmed that Australians want [Read More…]

4 practitioners on what it means to practice mindfulness in health care

nicole grant

To wrap up our Mindful May theme in My Health Career, we are very pleased to feature the comments of a physiotherapist, psychologist, nurse educator and occupational therapist about their mindfulness practice. Here’s what they have to say… Phebe Liston – Physiotherapist www.physiophebe.com  “I started actively practicing mindfulness around my second year as a physiotherapy graduate. It [Read More…]

My mindful physio career – By APA member Georgie Davidson

georgie davidson head shot2

“In my early years as a physiotherapist I spent a lot of time beating myself up. Trying so hard to ‘fix’ the pain that my patients presented with I felt that I could never do enough. I was never good enough. My clinical reasoning skills where adequate, I had an eye for movement and extrasensory [Read More…]

Is mindfulness “right” for you? Here’s how it transformed my practice – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC


I’m not here to say whether mindfulness may be right or wrong for you. Only you can explore that for yourself. However, I would really, really like to share the stuff I’ve come across during my mindfulness journey in the hope that it will give you a greater understanding of what mindfulness is and isn’t. [Read More…]

How the NDIA Independent Pricing Review will affect the quality of care provided to disabled people

NDIA independent pricing review report

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) expressed its strong opposition to the National Disability Insurance Agency acceptance of the Independent Pricing Review from McKinsey & Company. The APA believes that if implemented, the 25 recommendations listed in the report will negatively affect the quality of care provided to people with disabilities. Among the recommendations, APA’s major [Read More…]

Practitioner-patient pairs to conspire for the future of health care

collaborative pairs

A new initiative designed to recruit 4 pairs of professionals and patients is expected to pave the way for a better health care system in Australia. “The Collaborative Pairs” program made possible through the joint effort of Consumers Health Forum and the program’s developer King’s Fund of London will run the trial period for two [Read More…]

Different health industry sectors recognize the importance of codeine restriction for pain management

codeine restriction for pain management

In February, the Therapeutic Goods Administration implemented its decision to make codeine-based medications available only to consumers with prescription. Evidence backing the risks and side effects of taking codeine-based medications specifically for pain management pushed United General Practice Australia (UGPA) member organisations and other health industry sectors to affirm Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) decision on [Read More…]

On love for fusing artificial intelligence and physiotherapy – A Q&A with Phebe Liston

Phebe Liston

“I love the fact that I have been able to use my physiotherapy degree to create multiple business avenues. Not only working in the clinic in which I am a director of, but creating an e-commerce business (www.articfit.com) as well as using technology involving AI to create a physio guiding chatbot and collaborating with an international brand [Read More…]

What it’s like being a health professional with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC

AMG PAH with MHC poster

The two things that distressed me the most with respect to my professional life were my fears. I was scared to death that I was going to make a mistake that would lead to the harm of a patient. I was freaking out that I was going to cause someone to become vision impaired, blind, [Read More…]

2017 – My year in review – by Amanda Griffiths, founder My Health Career

Heart Reef

2017 literally started off with a bang. And ash. Funnily enough it was the ash that made the experience what it was…… I went to the New Years’ Eve Gala at the Opera House, and so saw Sydney’s incredible fireworks display right in the thick of things. The finale of the fireworks was so spectacular [Read More…]

Paramedicine Board of Australia to be established, nursing & midwifery to be established as separate professions & AHPRA disciplinary enforcement powers to be strengthened

Paramedicine Board of Australia

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and National Boards have welcomed the passing of two legislative reforms by the Queensland Parliament and the Parliament of Western Australia in September. A first since the establishment of the National Scheme in 2010, the reforms, Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 and [Read More…]

COSA recommends exercise as part of the standard of care for beating cancer

COSA exercise for cancer patients

The importance of exercise, and referral to physiotherapists experienced in working with cancer patients, has been highlighted in a new position statement released by Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA). COSA is recognising the importance of exercise to help counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. It then assigned its Exercise in Cancer [Read More…]

Physiotherapists Battle for Prescription Rights

physiotherapy prescribing rights

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), whom started a bid in 2015 for physiotherapists to gain prescribing rights, expects to pass a framework to the Physiotherapy Board of Australia within 12 months. Drafting the range of medicines it hopes to gain access to, the APA emphasized that the goal is to have rights to prescribe medication [Read More…]

World-first guide to developing a workplace wellbeing strategy in health service settings launched by beyondblue

beyondblue health workforce mental health

beyondblue has acted on evidence suggesting that health professionals are at a greater risk of experiencing depression, anxiety and suicide, to produce a guide for health services in developing a workplace mental health strategy. There are a number of benefits for health services that focus on creating mentally healthy workplaces. Research suggests that: Patient experiences [Read More…]

The health and well-being of Australian health professionals – by Kay Dunkely


October is Mental Health Month and it is important for all health professionals to focus on their own mental health to ensure they are in a good position to look after others. Two sayings that come to mind are “put on your own oxygen mask first so that you can help others” and “you can’t [Read More…]

ATAR and OP scores for every physiotherapy course in Australia

ATAR for physiotherapy 2017

Undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy courses are offered at around 20 universities throughout 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…]

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy – Differentiating between the “O” and the “P” – by Professor Susan Brandis, Bond University

Study Gold Coast

The two most common questions that Occupational Therapists get asked is firstly “What is that?” and “how is that different from physiotherapy?” Both Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (OT) have very ancient beginnings, and are sibling professions that share many similarities in history. This in part explains some of the confusion between the two, yet today [Read More…]

New gold standard preventative management for knee osteoarthritis might be overlooked as surgery is “cheaper”?

osteoarthritis of the knee clinical care standard

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) endorsed a new Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standard. The standard includes encouraging patients to lose weight and do more exercise, as well as using pain relieving medicines. Referral to an orthopaedic surgeon and knee replacement surgery would only be considered when a patient’s symptoms no longer respond to [Read More…]

Reminder to check, correct & comply with professional and legal advertising obligations

regulated health service advertising

Registered health practitioners are reminded to check, correct and comply with their professional and legal advertising obligations. The National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have published a strategy for the National Scheme to help keep health service consumers safe from misleading advertising. AHPRA CEO Mr Fletcher said, “The National Law limits [Read More…]

Digitally based physiotherapy equally beneficial to traditional face to face care

internet based physiotherapy

The Australian Physiotherapy Association has recently been highlighting research around internet delivered physiotherapy services. A study found evidence that internet-delivered treatments are effective in managing chronic knee pain. The 148 people with chronic knee pain participated in this study were allocated into an intervention group or a control group. The intervention group had seven Skype [Read More…]

How to be a Happy Health Practitioner – by optometrist Carina Trinh

Carina Trinh

So, there’s this talk that I feel extremely passionate about that I give to the new graduate optometrists who enter the workforce in NSW/ACT each year as part of Young Optometrists Inc. NSW/ACT that covers the importance of self-care for optometrists. But really, it applies to all health care practitioners.   Being a Health Care [Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

ATAR and OP scores for every physiotherapy course in Australia

ATAR for physiotherapy

Click here for our most recent ATAR for physiotherapy 2017 article. Click here for our ATAR for physiotherapy 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 [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…]

#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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]