APA President to raise recognition of musculoskeletal conditions

27 December 2012 —for immediate release

The Australian Physiotherapy Association has elected Marcus Dripps as the Association’s President for 2013-14.
 

Currently based at Geelong’s Corio Bay Health Group, Mr Dripps is one of Australia’s most respected physiotherapists. An active and prominent member of Australia’s health care community; Mr Dripps has been a member of the board of directors of the Australian Physiotherapy Association since 2007. He is a clinical advisor to the Transport Accident Commission, and Worksafe Victoria. He is also an advisor to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.

‘I’m looking forward to engaging with our many passionate and caring members around the country, and having the opportunity to discuss the health benefits of physical activity with policymakers and the public, and how physiotherapists can help people achieve their aims,’ Mr Dripps said. ‘I want to continue to raise the profile in the community of the breadth of conditions that physiotherapists treat, and build on the evidence based care focus of the APA’s knowledge pillars.’

Mr Dripps has been a member of the Board of Directors at Barwon Health since 2008. He has experience in clinical and organisational governance, corporate management, risk management and strategic decision making.

During his Presidency Mr Dripps aims to explore innovative models of healthcare delivery, healthcare quality and standards, and workforce design; particularly in relation to musculoskeletal disorders, chronic disease and disability.

‘The impact of our lifestyles and advances in treatments have changed the Australian health system and the way in which different conditions affect Australians. For example, back pain is now the leading cause of disability in Australia, ahead of heart disease, cancer and mental health conditions. As there are multiple contributors to this frequently chronic or recurrent condition, the physiotherapy profession needs to continue to focus on empowering our patients to be able to effectively manage this type of condition, and support them along their journey.’

Mr Dripps is a 2011 graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, and has completed the AICD company directors course. His other business interests include health information technology, where he is a business development partner with eNoteFile.com.

       

Mr Dripps is a 2011 graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, and has completed the AICD company directors course. His other business interests include health information technology, where he is a business development partner with eNoteFile.com.

Mr Dripps says that he is extremely grateful for the support he has received from his colleagues, family and friends.

‘It is an enormous honour to serve as National President of the APA. I am following in the footsteps of many great leaders of our profession, and can only build on the successes of the past. I am enormously thankful to the many colleagues who have provided me with invaluable support in my journey so far, and I’m sure will continue to do so over the next two years.’

Mr Dripps is a father of five, with an interest in surf lifesaving, running and sailing.

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

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