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Physiotherapists crucial in supporting mental and physical health.

Physiotherapists crucial in supporting mental and physical health.

Physiotherapists treat many patients whose physical and mental health conditions overlap. As such, a multidisciplinary approach, combined with professional development in mental health, helps bridge the physical and psychological health of those with a mental illness.

Considering 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 has a mental health condition, it’s highly probable that a significant proportion of clients receiving physical therapy will have a mental illness or be at risk of developing one.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Mental Health Group is a testament that physiotherapists are increasingly playing a significant role in the mental health field.

According to the Australian Physiotherapy Association: “Members of the Mental Health group play an integral role in creating a culture of physiotherapy in mental healthcare—improving the awareness and recognition of the importance of physiotherapy and its contribution to a multidisciplinary team approach.”

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