Tradies, look after your most valuable tool - your health!

MEDIA RELEASE

 

Australians love their tradies, but tradies are not prioritising their health and wellbeing, with almost three in five serious workplace injury claims involving a tradesperson. Join the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and help us ensure tradies make their health the most valuable part of their toolkit when Tradies National Health Month (TNHM) kicks off on August 1.


The TNHM campaign asks tradies, as well as their friends, family and employers, to pay attention to their health and well-being. Our beloved tradies make up less than one third (31 per cent) of the Australian workforce, yet they are overrepresented (58 per cent) in serious claims for worker’s compensation according to latest statistics from Safe Work Australia.


TNHM aims to educate Australian tradies about their health in a fun and engaging way to inform and empower them to maintain their health and wellbeing and seek preventive health care.


Most tradies assume a few aches and pains are part and parcel of their demanding physical work, but few seek regular preventive health checks which can significantly reduce common musculoskeletal conditions, including muscle/tendon injuries and back pain.


APA National President Phil Calvert wants tradies to be upfront and open about their health concerns, and know that help is available for them.


“Australians’ reliance on the work that tradies do is huge, so we should all encourage the tradies in our life to look after their health and dispel the common misconception that it is a sign of weakness to seek help.


“We need to start meaningful conversations with our tradies to ensure their health is a priority, so that they can continue to play the important roles they hold in the workforce, their families and the community at large. Not caring for their health can lead to time off work and injury that has long term impacts when not managed properly.


“Physiotherapy can help tradies achieve better health beyond muscle and joint pain relief. It encompasses treatment and specific exercise programs for chronic health conditions like heart disease and diabetes, as well as the less talked about pelvic floor issues that many men face. Physically demanding trade jobs can exacerbate these conditions, but with the strong evidence-based treatment that physiotherapists employ, tradies can maintain their health and continue doing what they do best.”


There is a low awareness about the benefits of physiotherapy among tradies which is why the APA’s TNHM campaign is so important. So tradies, stop tooling around with your health, the nation needs you! Visit www.tradieshealth.com.au/


The APA’s Tradies National Health Month officially begins on Tues, 1 August 2017 with a dynamic media launch.

 

For more information please contact:

Jane Harris, Jane is PR/ E jane@janeispr.com/ M 0435 720 097

Julie Dwyer, Communications Manager / E julie.dwyer@physiotherapy.asn.au / P 03 9092 0810

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About the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

The APA is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients. It is a national organisation with state and territory branches and specialty subgroups. The APA represents more than 23,000 members who conduct more than 23 million consultations each year. To find a physiotherapist in your area, visit choosephysio.com.au