Latest Advocacy News

Policy win for Exercise Physiology!

14/02/2024

SIRA and the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation have endorsed the Model of Care for the Management of Low Back Pain with adopting the term ‘physical therapies’.

ESSA and other allied health professions involved in the consultation used a wealth of scientific evidence to advocate for the more inclusive term ‘physical therapies’ where it previously stated ‘physiotherapy’.

This strengthens the role of AEPs and fellow allied health professionals, paving the way for injured people to access the right care at the right time.

The full summary consultation report is available on the SIRA website.

Increasing access to student support payments

14/02/2024

New guidelines allowing post-graduate students in all self-regulating profession courses to access Centrelink support payments are now in effect, making the balance of study and placement more affordable for exercise physiology.

Previously students in some Masters Degree courses have not been able to access these payments based on criteria from the Department of Social Services that excluded the self-regulating professions.

ESSA collaborated with other self-regulating professions including SPA, Audiology Australia, DAA, PACFA and AASW to consult with DSS and successfully advocated for fairness across the board to allow all courses, and therefore students, to access support payments.

Consultation for NDIS Price Review is open

14/02/2024

ESSA members are invited to have their say on the latest consultation paper from the NDIS. The Terms of Reference and Provider Consultation Paper are available on the NDIS website. Submissions from providers close 3 March 2024.

Rural and Remote Health and Wellbeing

14/02/2024

ESSA encourages members to submit abstracts on topics such as rural workforce and training, determinants of health, mental health, the effects of climate change on health, Indigenous health, cultural safety, arts and health and healthcare research.

National Rural Health Conference is the pre-eminent event in Australia that brings together more than 1200 delegates who are passionate about rural and remote health and wellbeing. The 2024 Conference will be held in Perth, 16-18 September.

Models of Care - Call Out!

28/02/2024

ESSA is looking to connect with members working in diabetes, cancer, falls prevention or respiratory conditions to utilise your evidence-based models of care in our advocacy work. If you work in these areas and wish to form part of our advocacy strategy this year, please contact Policy and Advocacy Advisor Elyse Hocking.

SIRA launch the Summary Model of Care for the Management of Low Back Pain

28/02/2024

SIRA has launched the updated Summary Model of Care for the Management of Low Back Pain, which includes the value-based approach for individuals accessing acute care as advocated for by ESSA.

Scope of Practice Review is in full swing!

28/02/2024

Following ESSA’s attendance at the Scope of Practice Roadshow (Unleashing the Health Workforce Potential) last week, we have submitted our Issues Paper 2.

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