APA welcomes the Federal Government focus on Health

12 May 2015

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) welcomes the Federal Government focus on health in the 2015 Federal budget.

In particular, the announcement of a $485 million package to set up a functioning national electronic medical records system is a pleasing move according to the APA and National President, Marcus Dripps. The system will ensure healthcare providers across the country have access to the information they need to treat patients safely and efficiently with available medical history.

“eHealth is an extremely important area for physiotherapists across Australia and we welcome the government’s investment in ensuring Australians medical records are transferred from paper to digital. Importantly, we look forward to working with the government to ensure this occurs in the allied health sector, as we work towards achieving a holistic health system,” said Dripps.

On 10 May, Minister for Health Sussan Ley, said, “As patients, we’ve all been in situations where we’ve had to attend another GP surgery because we were out of town or couldn’t get an appointment with our regular doctor. It can be a time consuming and often frustrating experience for patients and doctors alike. As a parent of three children, I recognise the benefits of having your family’s personal health information stored and accessible to healthcare providers.”

The APA believes the move to a more efficient online medical records system will benefit physiotherapists across the country, particularly in rural and more remote areas.

Dripps added, “The commitment by the government to deliver a stronger primary care system for Australians that improves patient health outcomes via a functioning national e-health system is welcome news to the APA.”

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