APA recognises contribution of its members on World Physiotherapy Day

22 August 2017 - for immediate release

 

Friday, 8 September marks World Physiotherapy Day, which highlights the contribution of physios around the globe to the health and wellbeing of people across all life stages.


In celebrating the contribution of Australian physios, APA National President Phil Calvert said, “We all know that physical activity is important to long term health, but for those Australians who struggle with illness, pain or disability, it can be difficult. Seeing a physio to assess and treat your specific health needs will help you get up and moving, and aid your long term wellbeing.


“In an ageing population such as ours, staying active generally means staying well. Physios don’t just help you rehab from sports or musculoskeletal injuries. They work across a range of health areas, from young children with disabilities, through to people recovering from surgery, cancer and stroke, and with older Australians who want to maintain their independence and mobility as they age.”


This year, World Physiotherapy Day falls within National Stroke Week (4 – 10 September). Early intervention specialist physio treatment is vital for optimal post-stroke recovery, with research data showing early and frequent mobilisation – including sitting out of bed, standing and walking – improves functional outcomes for stroke survivors.


In the case of Brian A Beh, a 68-year-old retired management consultant from Sydney, daily in-patient physiotherapy treatment helped him walk out of the hospital 16 weeks after a major stroke left him with right-side paralysis.


Brian’s physio rehab included learning to walk again and muscle strengthening in his arm and leg. Now a convert to a healthier lifestyle, Brian continues his exercises at home with regular reviews from his physio, walks every day and has adopted a healthier diet.


Phil Calvert and Brian Beh are available for interviews in the lead up to World Physiotherapy Day on 8th September.

 

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For further information, please contact: Julie Dwyer, Communications Manager
T 03 9092 0810 M 0419 176 075  E Julie.Dwyer@physiotherapy.asn.au