The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is the peak body for physiotherapists in Australia. It facilitates high educational and professional standards in Physiotherapy as well as being a strong and focussed advocate for members.
In the ACT the APA presence is manifested by the APA branch council and the APA special interest groups. Branch Council functions to connect the local membership to the National body by both influencing and being influenced by the National agenda. A pertinent example of this agenda is ‘closing the gap’. The APA is currently revising their Reconciliation Action Plan and here in the ACT we are currently researching the opportunities for enhanced engagement with the indigenous people of the ACT. We have benefited greatly from the work CHPN has done in this area. Other issues include increasing the scope of our practice to better serve the people of Canberra and engaging with the Choosing Wisely movement to ensure valuable resources are not misused. Our educational programs are run by special interest groups and branch with events such as the research symposium and the members forum bringing national and international speakers to inspire and extend our members. We are also cogniscent of our role in ensuring that the needs of rural practitioners are met by our education programs and student preparation. The APA is active and inspiring the physiotherapists of the ACT and region which is one of the reasons why they are so respected.