The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is a not-for-profit, professional member association representing more than 24,000 members. The organisation was first formed in 1906 by a small group of massage therapists (as they were then known) from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia, who formed an association to protect the public from untrained, sham practitioners.
That the whole community recognises the full benefit of physiotherapy.
The APA believes that all Australians should have access to quality physiotherapy, when and where required, to optimise health and wellbeing. The organisation provides information for other health professionals and education for the public, running a wide range of consumer-focused campaigns and engaging in a range of advocacy activities to increase awareness of physiotherapy, form lasting partnerships with key stakeholders, and improve health outcomes for all.
The physiotherapy profession is nationally regulated by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. The APA’s continuing professional development program requires members to accrue a minimum of 20 hours of CPD every year as set by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.