PRESCRIBING RIGHTS FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS
The Australian Physiotherapy Association is advocating for changes in the law to allow physiotherapists to be endorsed to autonomously prescribe medications.
Other non-medical health professionals, such as optometrists, podiatrists and nurse practitioners, have varying levels of rights to prescribe medications, and we believe that the patients of physiotherapists would benefit greatly if physiotherapists could also prescribe within their scope of practice. Such a change would save patients and the health system money, and significantly improve the patient journey.
Changes to the current model through initiatives including autonomous prescribing rights are vital to decrease patient costs, complexity and duplication in the patient journey, and prevent delays in recovery.
Physiotherapists can rapidly identify if patients respond quickly to treatment and quickly adjust their prescription medication and physiotherapy treatment as necessary. This will help to reduce a patientâ€™s dependence on medications and prevent avoidable hospital admissions.
Physiotherapy prescribing has enormous potential to benefit people in rural and remote settings. In remote and rural communities, endorsed physiotherapy prescribing will provide a transparent, legislated credentialing system to overcome potential risks from gaps in service and treat patients quickly and safely.