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Close the Gap breakfast
Jenny Robertson and Michael Reynolds
29 June 2016
To recognise the importance of Close the Gap commitments, a breakfast was organised by the APA NSW Branch.
The NSW Branch was warmly welcomed by Blacktown Hospital on 31 March for the first Close the Gap breakfast to be organised by the Branch. Over 40 people attended, including APA members and the hospital’s physiotherapy department, to learn from Steve Randall, Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer at Deerubin Local Aboriginal Land Council, and Michael Reynolds, a NSW Branch Councillor and member of the APA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Committee.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Close The Gap Day
Australian Human Rights Commission
campaign for indigenous heath equality
Steve helped local physiotherapists connect with the area, telling stories of the first peoples of the Sydney Basin and the artefacts still being discovered today. Michael discussed his journey to becoming an indigenous physiotherapist, and how the APA is working to ensure all people have access to physiotherapy.
The morning provided insights into the unique issues affecting poor outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and discussions were held on how we can work towards equality as part of individual efforts to ‘close the gap’.
For more information on how you can support the Close The Gap initiative, visit the Oxfam National Close the Gap Day page.
Touched by transplant
Erin Bellingham, APAM, writes about her family’s experience with transplantation and involvement in the Australian Transplant Games.
Exploring the Pain and Movement Reasoning Model
Lester Jones, APAM, will be presenting on the Pain and Movement Reasoning Model at this year’s Bringalong Dinner, a chance for healthcare professionals from all disciplines to learn and network in a social setting.
2017 NSW Branch Awards
The NSW Branch Awards will take place on 30 June 2017. Register now.
A tool for pain assessment
Lester Jones, APAM, provides an overview of his recent presentation at the NSW Bringalong Dinner, ‘Introducing the Pain and Movement Reasoning Model: a tool for capturing the complexity of pain’.