InPublic 2025

Vision for the future of physiotherapy practice in the public health system

inpublic2025The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has released InPublic 2025, an exciting project to assess the future trends of physiotherapy in Australian public healthcare services. The APA has partnered with Nous Group on this project and conducted the work between January and late March 2015. The report was launched at the APA’s Connect Conference in October 2015.

This builds on the success of our recent work with the private practice, InPractice 2025, to position the profession for future success.

We recognise that the public healthcare consists of a diverse and complex network of stakeholders who interact with the profession in varying degrees. We will consult widely across public health to develop an informed view of the profession’s future. We will also consult community care services, aged care services, disability care services and (to an extent) private hospitals to understand how the profession might evolve across settings.

This is a significant project which will influence APA’s strategic direction and support of the profession. As such, we wish to draw on the expertise of our practitioners to unearth insights about the profession’s future.


Find out more about the report


Key areas for consideration

  1. How might public physiotherapists deliver value differently to the health system over the next 10 years?
  2. Over the next ten years, which areas of public physiotherapy practice will grow? Which will decline? What new areas of practice will emerge?
  3. How will physiotherapy services be organised in relation to public health services of the future?
  4. What key partnerships will be important for the future success of public physiotherapists?
  5. What role might the private sector play in the future public physiotherapy services?
  6. What might the public physiotherapy workforce of the future look like? What skills (both clinical and non-clinical) will they need?
  7. How will the role of public physiotherapy in teaching, training and research change?