Funding for rural and regional physiotherapists to access high-level education from tertiary hospitals
The geographic distances of Western Australia can make it expensive and logistically hard to access high-quality professional development. This is crucial for any physiotherapist’s ongoing learning that happens throughout their career. By providing funding for rural and regional physiotherapists to access continuing professional development, the government can ensure that distance is no barrier to learning.
Expansion of chronic pain services to ensure adequate service provision to both adults and children living with chronic pain
Chronic pain is a costly and debilitating disease. Many people suffer in silence, using ineffective drug treatments without support or other forms of evidence-based treatment. Expanding chronic pain services that have been proven is a cost-effective solution that will allow ordinary West Australians to get back to work, back to study and back to a fulfilling life.
Greater certainty for physiotherapy services in the public sector through the use of more permanent positions
Recent funding changes and cuts to some funding levels has created widespread uncertainty among physiotherapists working in WA’s public system. This has been detrimental to staff morale, staff turnover, patient outcomes and access to services in some parts of the community. Ongoing provision of health services is essential for the ability of services to plan and deliver the best quality care they can.