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Monthly Newsletter: April 2015
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 patient’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.
POST GRADUATE CLINICAL RESEARCH UPDATE
Emily is in the process of completing her post graduate clinical research into labour/ birth experiences of Australian women. The research has a focus on the worries, concerns and anxieties that Mum’s might experience in the last 4-6 weeks of pregnancy.
The aim of the research is to compare birthing outcomes and reported experiences for non-HypnoBirthing Mum’s compared to Mum’s who complete a HypnoBirthing course.
The study design is currently in the process of gaining ethics committee approval. Watch this space for an update.
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5 EXERCISES TO IMPROVE SHOULDER STABILITY: 
Click HERE to view 5 exercises that will help improve your shoulder stability. 
PILATES CLASSES
Term 2 pilates classes have started. A great way to get some new ideas to update your home program, or attend regularly to enjoy a great core workout. Almost everyone is loving them... even the more challenging exercises. There has been lots of laughter getting to grips with the small ball, the stick and the roller (in different circuits). Roll up to standing is giving people the biggest challenge in the advance classes. Craig has set this as 'THE MARS BAR HOMEWORK CHALLENGE' for his Monday advanced class!!!
Class bookings can be made by visiting our website (www.shielphysio.com) to book online. You can also call reception on 9842 3020 and book in over the phone.
JOKE OF THE MONTH
Kindly supplied by Lynne ~ Thank you!
A rabbit walks into a pub and says to the barman, "Can I have a pint of beer, and a Ham and Cheese Toastie, please?" The barman is amazed, but gives the rabbit a pint of beer and a ham and cheese toastie. ...     
... to read more please click HERE
ARTICLE OF THE MONTH
What’s so bad about a Winging Scapula?
The scapula is more commonly known as the shoulder blade. All being correct with our physiology of movement, the scapula should be positioned flat against the chest wall. It is held in position by a complex unit of muscles surrounding the shoulder girdle. ... 
To read more of Emily's Article please click HERE
Article by Emily Shiel, Senior Physiotherapist
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