To celebrate World Physical Therapy Day 2012 the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) launched their first “i ♥ my physio’ competition”, inviting Australians to tell them how their lives had been changed by physical therapy.
The competition was used to highlight the role physical therapists have as qualified professionals to keep people moving, healthy and living to their full potential. The association also drew attention to World Physical Therapy Day as an opportunity to recognise the work that physiotherapists do for their patients. In 2011, over 13 thousand Australian physiotherapists conducted more than 17 million consultations with the community. Many people also associate physiotherapy with sporting injuries; but each year physiotherapists help Australians treat and manage a range of conditions, including chronic pain, rehabilitation after operations or accidents, and neurological and respiratory disorders.
How physiotherapists also provide crucial preventative treatment for Australia’s leading causes of death and disability: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and stroke was also highlighted.
On the eve of World Physiotherapy Day, 8th September 2012, the APA announced the winner of the national “i ♥ my physio” competition.