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APA responds to claims of aged-care rorting

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APA responds to claims of aged-care rorting

Monday 20 August 2012—for immediate release

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) President Melissa Locke has responded to claims of aged-care

rorting made on the ABC’s 7.30.

The report, aired on Thursday 16 August 2012, investigated the alleged misuse of millions of dollars under the

Federal Government’s Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).

The APA made several recommendations to the ACFI review in July 2012, including calls for best-practice

treatment to be made available for both low and high care residents and funding incentives that encourage

providers to improve and maintain the physical function of residents.

“The APA has had long standing concerns about the ACFI, and we were disappointed that our concerns were

not addressed in the ACFI review. This has led to significant cost blowouts to the Federal Government,” Ms

Locke said.

The APA believes that the current funding model allows the opportunity for unethical behaviour; including private

consultants who instruct Aged Care providers on ways to maximise funding, with no evidence of improved

outcomes for residents.

“We are very concerned that the current funding models encourage passive modalities to manage pain that are

not supported by the evidence literature. Under this model, physiotherapists are denied autonomy, and are being

forced by the funding instrument to treat in a way which is not in the best interests of the patient.”

The APA will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Federal Minister for Health and Aging to discuss this issue.

For further information Erik Froese Australian Physiotherapy Association P: (+61) 3 9092 0829 M (+61) 457 963 675 E