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Physiotherapy in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Practice Context

Reconciliation Action Plan Innovate 2017-2019: The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has developed a second iteration of the Reconciliation Action Plan which focuses on the development of a culturally safe and sensitive profession.  Information relating to cultural safety, education programs, and the APA membership of the 'Close the Gap (CTG) Campaign Steering Committe can be found here.

Physiotherapy Practice Issues in Indigenous Contexts: Clinical case studies developed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association Indigenous Health Sub-Committee to assist physiotherapy students or new physiotherapy recruits to consider issues of practice when treating Indigenous clients.

Physiotherapy for Indigenous Australians in Rural and Remote Areas: A Survey Report: In 2005, the Australian Physiotherapy Association Indigenous Health Sub-Committee presented a report examining the limited use of physiotherapy services by Indigenous people and identified factors that affect Indigenous people accessing physiotherapy services and perceptions of the influences affecting compliance.

Useful journal articles for physiotherapy students on clinical education placement

Cotter, P., and Maher, P. (2005) Why the silence on Indigenous health? Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 51, 211–212.  https://doi.org/10.1016/S0004-9514(05)70001-5

Gates, R. (2009) Physiotherapy: Keeping Your Mob 'Moving Well, Staying Well'. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 33(1), 7.

Jamieson, R. and Tilley, L. (2008) Physiotherapists Give Up Their City Life for Arnhem Land. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, 32(2), 14.

 

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