Hydrotherapy Rehabilitation Facilities - Design and Use
Now that hydrotherapy pools have been built at Modbury Hospital and the new rehabilitation facilities at Flinders, there is an opportunity in the planning of the proposed pool at TQEH to learn from the builds at these sites.
We are seeking a thorough review of the Flinders and Modbury pools in the planning process for the new pool at TQEH, with a view to replicating some of the positive aspects and avoiding deficiencies while allocating a budget to fix deficiencies identified with either pool.
- Community access to appropriate pools
Access to appropriate pool facilities for the wider community to maintain their physical health, independent of valuable public hydrotherapy facilities.
Advanced Scope Physiotherapy Roles
- Physiotherapists in Emergency Departments
The APA has long advocated for advanced practice physiotherapist roles – including the ability to assess patients and prescribe appropriate medications in Emergency Departments as well as in pre- and post-elective surgery settings. Advanced scope physiotherapists in all other Australian States currently work in Emergency Departments and have proven to be effective in reducing wait times and freeing medical specialists to manage more serious life-threatening presentations.
APA is seeking commitment to funding for the extended scope physiotherapy roles in Emergency Departments across SA Health
- Expansion of successful advanced scope physiotherapy roles
Embedding proven high-value models that optimise physiotherapy scope of practice in all emergency departments and priority specialist outpatient services across South Australia to ensure that patients are:
- provided with the right care at the right time
- improved patient outcomes and satisfaction,
- improved waiting times and
- improved patient flow,
- among other efficiency gains there has been little advancement on these small services.
Improving Country Health IT Capacity
- Bandwidth and IT infrastructure
The APA seeks an assurance from the incoming Government that it will provide funding to upgrade the bandwidth and IT infrastructure to allow reliable and quality online interaction and use of software programs. Funding mobile video conferencing units in SA country health centres will provide much needed access for allied health and other clinicians.
The APA seeks an assurance from the incoming government that it will fund additional mobile video conferencing units and other telehealth equipment in all SA country health centres by committing to funding upgrades to the bandwidth and IT infrastructure to allow reliable and quality online interaction and use of health software programs.
- Public Sector physiotherapy careers
The APA seeks an assurance from the incoming government to recognise the experienced, post-graduate qualified physiotherapists working in the public system through appropriate remuneration and reviewing employment arrangements of public sector physiotherapists to provide for more opportunities for career advancement and recognition.
The APA physiotherapists, who routinely perform weekend work, are not afforded the same additional leave incentives as nurses who work weekends. We are seeking commitment to providing the same incentives and leave conditions for physiotherapists undertaking seven day rosters as for nurses who work seven day rosters.