Call for country physiotherapy funding
Calls have been made for the Federal Government to extend funding to rural physiotherapy departments.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association claims the Government’s Integrated Rural Training Pipeline initiative focuses on training and funding future doctors in regional Australia, bypassing other healthcare departments.
The association said physiotherapy graduates who chose to take positions in rural areas did not have access to a national scheme to ease the move to teh country as medical graduates did. APA’s Rural Members’ group chairman Daniel Mahoney said physiotherapists provided essential care alongside doctors in cost effective treatments.
While the APA supports the Government’s focus on regional health, it claims the allocation of funding solely to medical students is a missed opportunity.