InPublic 2025 report imparts vision for the future of public physiotherapy

8 October 2015

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has today released its InPublic 2025 report, providing a comprehensive outlook and vision for the future of public physiotherapy services in Australia.

The InPublic 2025 report, commissioned by the APA, examines the long-term strategy of the public health sector, the role of physiotherapists within it, and how the environment will change over the next 10 years.

With more than one-third of physiotherapists employed in the public health system, InPublic 2025 aims to provide a strong vision for physiotherapists and their role in the public healthcare system. The report highlights eight strategic drivers that will shape the Service of the Future, and setting out seven key features which will characterise success in this environment.

Phil Calvert, National Vice President of the APA, acknowledges that the features of success for public sector physiotherapy are both exciting and challenging.

“The strategic drivers for change for the Australian health system present both opportunities and challenges for the physiotherapy profession. It is becoming increasingly important for the APA, its members and the broader profession to chart a path toward a future vision of public physiotherapy services, and not leave success to chance.

“The public health sector faces many complex issues, from technology and workforce pressures through to changing consumer health needs and expectations.

“This is the first piece of work that actually puts these issues together in a physiotherapy specific context and provides a roadmap that the public sector can use to help strategically plan its services,” Calvert said.

The seven key features that will characterize success are relevant across a diverse range of public physiotherapy settings and health organisations. These features include a patient-centered and value-driven approach, broader and deeper clinical expertise, integration across the health system, strong leaders and managers, digitally connected professionals, strength in learning and research, and a transformed workforce model.

A key focus of the report is on the broader and deeper clinical expertise of public physiotherapy in the future – providing great potential for physiotherapists to take on new roles, as the types of skills that they bring to the table are going to be in great demand.

“The shift towards advanced practice roles for physiotherapists provides a real opportunity to create a positive, robust career pathway that promotes best practice for the next generation,” said Calvert.

“The path towards the physiotherapy Service of the Future is challenging and will require important changes to be achieved at a local, state and national level. We are committed to playing a key role in shaping future success for public physiotherapy - through advocacy and marketing, facilitation of partnerships and collaboration, and the development of standards, guidelines, training and support.

“We know that physiotherapy is effective, and has great potential to be effective in areas that have not yet been fully integrated into the public health system. We believe the insights from the InPublic 2025 report will play a strong role in informing strategic planning for public physiotherapy services, and assisting the APA to respond to the challenges and opportunities posed by the report,” said Calvert.

To download a full copy of the InPublic 2025 report, to find out more information or to find a suitable physiotherapist, visit www.physiotherapy.asn.au


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
Priscilla Truong, Ogilvy PR
T 03 9246 6266 E Priscilla.truong@ogilvy.com.au