Call for coun­try phys­io­ther­apy fund­ing

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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.

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