The Australian Physiotherapy Association represents more than 5100 Queensland physiotherapists and over 24500 Australia wide. Physiotherapists work across the whole spectrum of the health sector, including public/private hospitals and clinics, community health and private practices. Physiotherapists also work in specialist areas including neurology, women’s health, paediatrics, cardiorespiratory, rehabilitation and musculoskeletal.
Our members have identified the priority areas for physiotherapy, and are seeking commitments on these issues from the Liberal National Party and the Australian Labor Party as a component of our 2017 Queensland election advocacy.
We recently received responses from the relevant spokespeople, please click to download
APA Queensland Election Advocacy
The issues and their corresponding questions are as follows:
Continued support of expanded scope of practice
Q. Will the Party commit to embedding proven high-value models that optimise physiotherapy scope of practice in all emergency departments and priority specialist outpatient services across Queensland?
Continuation of prescribing trials
Q. Will the Party continue to address regulation and legislative issues that impact on the continuation of these trials and commit to maintaining prescribing rights for appropriately-trained extended scope of practice physiotherapists?
Work capacity certificates
Q. Will the Party commit to address regulation and legislation changes to enable research to identify potential health system efficiencies when physiotherapists complete work capacity certificates for patients with compensable injuries?
The APA has sent the above questions along with an example of extended issues summary to the below candidates:
Liberal National Party - Mr T. Nicholls
Australian Labor Party - Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Responses from candidates
Liberal National Party response – John-Paul Langbroek