APA encourages Australians to choose wisely

28 April 2015

This Wednesday, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is supporting the launch of Choosing Wisely Australia. The international initiative encourages clinicians, consumers and healthcare stakeholders to start conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures.

In 2014, physiotherapists provided more than 23 million treatments in private practice, increasing almost six per cent from the previous year. As the demand for physiotherapy continues to increase, the APA is committed to providing effective patient outcomes.

Choosing Wisely was launched by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation in 2012. Following its success, Australia’s medical colleges and societies have partnered with NPS MedicineWise to enable the medical community to take a leadership role in the responsible management and fair distribution of finite healthcare resources.

APA CEO Cris Massis said by opening dialogue between consumers and medical practitioners with Choosing Wisely, the medical community can pave the way for an improved patient journey.

“The current healthcare model limits the delivery of effective patient outcomes and is not the most cost-effective use of available resources. As part of evidence based assessment or treatment, a patient may require prescribing, referral imaging or pathology, which can result in multiple visits to their GP to obtain funding under Medicare.

“The APA supports the opportunity for consumers to make informed choices, in consultation with their clinicians, about getting the right care while limiting exposure to unnecessary tests, treatments and medical procedures,” Massis said.

The initiative aims to promote conversations between clinicians and consumers to ensure responsible use of resources. Medical practitioners and health professionals each play a key role in disseminating the latest research and encouraging the adoption of best practices.

“Consumers can see an appropriately credentialed physiotherapist to be both assessed and treated for their injury alongside evidence based practice.

“With the complexity of tests, treatments and procedures available to modern medicine, the challenge is to determine those that may not add value and could expose the patient to undue risk of harm, emotional stress and financial costs,” Massis added.

About the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

The APA is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients. It is a national organisation with state and territory branches and specialty subgroups. The APA represents more than 17,000 members who conduct more than 21 million consultations each year. To find a physiotherapist in your area, visit www.physiotherapy.asn.au/

For further information, or to speak with an expert physiotherapist, please contact:

Ruth Heenan, Australian Physiotherapy Association
T 03 9092 0813, 0416 565 332 E Ruth.Heenan@physiotherapy.asn.au
Pammy Kokoras, Undertow Media
T 03 9421 1317 or 0421 105 710 E Pammy@undertowmedia.com
Rachael Horan, Undertow Media
T 03 9421 1318 or 0426 631 316 E rachael@undertowmedia.com