APA commends commitment to healthcare research

Friday 1 February 2013


The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has commended the recent commitment from Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton to protect funding for Australian medical research.

In a joint statement, the ministers announced that while Budget conditions are difficult and the Coalition is committed to returning the Budget to surplus, the parties recognise that medical research funding needs to be consistent and ongoing to ensure Australia does not fall behind in this field.

“This research is vital to the future health and prosperity of Australia. We welcome this commitment from the Coalition and call on all parties to do the same,’ APA President Marcus Dripps said.

Last year research projects involving physiotherapists secured more than 16 million dollars in federal NHMRC funding. These diverse projects include critical research into stroke, spinal cord injury and rehabilitation outcomes in older adults.

‘Innovative, evidence based-based medical research has far-reaching significance for the wider healthcare community and will help improve the care and quality of life for thousands of Australians,’ Mr Dripps said.

The Coalition is awaiting the release of the McKeon Review to help inform its approach to the medical research sector.

Erik Froese
Australian Physiotherapy Association
P: (+61) 3 9092 0829 M (+61) 457 963 675
E erik.froese@physiotherapy.asn.au