More funding needed for physio services in aged care

Physios call for funding to prevent aged care falls and provide rehab

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APA National President Scott Willis.

APA National President Scott Willis.

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More money for preventative and rehabilitation care in aged care is needed according to the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

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More money for preventative and rehabilitation care in aged care is needed according to the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).

The organisation has called on the federal government to introduce an additional layer of funding to complement new residential aged care funding.

"We know that mobility is a key indicator of life expectancy and quality of life in residential aged care," APA National President Scott Willis said.

"There will be tragic consequences if aged care residents were denied access to critical care that could prolong their lives as a result of political inaction.

"The new resident aged care funding model does not specifically fund falls-prevention programs and rehabilitation - meaning either aged care providers fund them out of their profits or residents will go without."

The APA said research has shown that investment in falls prevention programs would be offset by an estimated $120 million in savings from avoidable surgeries.

The aged care royal commission recommended aged care residents should receive care, such as physiotherapy, to keep them mobile, prevent life-threatening falls and help them recover from injury and illness.

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