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Three goals for the immediate future

Leanne De Vos, APAM, VIC Branch President
7 February 2017


I am very excited to be taking on the role of VIC Branch President for 2017–2018. On behalf of Branch Council, I would like to thank outgoing president Mark Round for his contributions—we wish him well in his new role as an APA Board member.

This is my fifth year on Branch Council. Little did I imagine when I put up my hand to fill a casual one-year vacancy to represent Community Health that I would end up as President. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to network with other engaged APA members and have met some amazing physios.

VIC Branch Council is a dynamic group, and I am privileged to be able to work with them to represent the Victorian members. Branch councillors cover many areas of physiotherapy, including private practice, public hospital and advanced practice, rehabilitation, community health, digital health and the Department of Health. Our top three goals for the coming year/s are quite challenging, but we feel that they are very important. Together with APA staff and interested members, we want to:
  • work towards developing a strategy to collect outcome data for physiotherapy-related management, across sectors, to support policy, funding and advocacy
  • support new graduate physiotherapists by advocating, via the APA, to engage all relevant stakeholders to ensure workreadiness and retention
  • drive public awareness of Brand Physio and develop strategies to differentiate from other allied health professions.
As you all know, whatever area of physio you work in, there are exciting times and challenges ahead. I would like to encourage all Victorian APA members to be engaged and involved, whether by attending events, joining a special interest group committee or by interacting with Branch Council. We welcome anyone with expertise or an interest in any of our goal areas to make contact.

 

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