APA Advocacy

The APA is the only organisation in Australia that advocates exclusively for the interests of APA physiotherapists and physiotherapy patients. Lobbying activities, education forums, and media activities are all critical components of the APA advocacy agenda.

Background Papers

Background papers are discussion papers that may be an adjunct to a position statement or a stand-alone document that provides information to members or other stakeholders on issues relevant to the practice of physiotherapy.


The APA believes that all Australians should have access to quality physiotherapy, when and where required, to optimise health and wellbeing. We campaign tirelessly across the country to increase awareness of physiotherapy, form lasting partnerships with key stakeholders, and improve health outcomes for all.

Position Statements

Position statements are a primary mechanism used by the Association to provide public statements on significant issues of health policy. They provide a short background to an issue, outline the principles that the APA sees as essential to improving the issue, and provide a set of actions that the APA will use to advocate.


Submissions are produced in response to a discussion paper from an external organisation. These articulate the APA's views on a given topic.