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Latest in SA’s return-to-work changes
South Australian Branch President Martin van der Linden, APAM, and State Manager Carolyn Coleman recently attended a quarterly meeting with
to discuss the new scheme’s rollout.
One of the big changes under the new return-to-work scheme in South Australia affects
duration of income and medical support
for patients. This includes funding for physiotherapy treatment. The APA encourages all physiotherapists to speak with their patients and case managers to
clarify the dates when support will cease for particular cases
. For some patients, this date may be 30 June 2016 so the conversations should happen sooner rather than later.
If ongoing treatment is required, physiotherapists are encouraged to help their patients transition to community, state, Commonwealth or privately-funded services to ensure they receive support.
It’s crucial that physiotherapists think about how to achieve the best outcomes for patients and choose treatments that will maximise a person’s recovery in a timely manner. Physiotherapists are effective motivators and can greatly assist patient empowerment. A patient’s knowledge and confidence in how to manage themselves and prevent future injuries are important predictors of positive outcomes
A key factor to treatment efficacy is regularly measuring the impact of treatment on functional abilities using
standardised outcome tools
. This will assist the physiotherapist to review the plan and ensure that the most effective treatments are made available to their patient while their treatment payments are supported.
It’s crucial that physiotherapists think about how to achieve the best outcomes for patients and choose treatments that will maximise a person’s recovery in a timely manner.
If little to no benefit is being achieved and the physiotherapist has exhausted all of the options they are familiar with, it is important to consider referral to a more experienced colleague within or outside of the practice, or even another service. This is consistent with best practice of service provision to any patient, either private or compensable.
Increased return-to-work fees
APA feedback on WorkCoverSA
Members should keep this in mind when using the new
Restricted Consultation service code
. The treating physiotherapist can apply for up to six one-hour consultations, where the patient’s condition meets defined criteria. The treating physiotherapist might alternatively choose to refer their client to a more experienced physiotherapist to provide the restricted consultation item if they feel this will achieve enhanced outcomes for their patient.
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Increased return-to-work fees
Find out the latest on increases to physiotherapy fees under the ReturnToWorkSA scheme.
Exploring the benefits of sit–stand desks
A private practice in Adelaide has recently installed an electric sit–stand desk in its waiting room to encourage more clients to stand.
Road to recovery: when a practitioner becomes the patient
A serious accident taught James McEwan, APAM, that restoring psychological function is as important as healing physically from injury.
Concerns about relocation of SA rehabilitation services
Andrew Zoerner spoke at a recent rally against the inadequacy of current proposals to relocate South Australia’s rehabilitation services.