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Physiotherapy Business Group
(PBA )
The Australian Landscape
Northern Territory
APA 67
Registered Physios 153
Total Pop-n 236000
Western Australia
APA 1789
Registered Physios
Total Pop-n 2.4 M
South Australia
APA 1238
Registered Physios
Total Pop-n 1.6 M
APA 2940
Registered Physios 4532
Total Pop-n 4.6 M
New South Wales
APA 4052
Registered Physios
Total Pop-n 7.3 M
APA 223
Registered Physios
Total Pop-n 512,000
Australian Capital Territory
APA 391
Registered Physios 460
Total Pop-n 379,000
APA 3634
Registered Physios
Total Pop-n 5.6 M
APA Strategic Plan 2012 - 2014
PBA can assist members directly resources or direct them to appropriate help. They aim to provide comprehensive
assistance for less-experienced practice owners, as well those well-established, busy practices. Members benefit from
being kept up to date with changes in legislation, HR and IR issues, financial acumen, the business group 's focus on
advocacy (such as PHI), fees and many other business aspects, including the detection of processes which may have a
negative impact on their business.
Categories of Membership
Premium Principal:
For practice owners that recognise the benefit of value add services. It is PBA’s flagship service level and reflects
the needs of business owners.
Business Affiliate:
Only available to those working with a Premium Principal in the same practice.
PBA Subscriber:
All APA members working in private practice are automatically subscribed to this category
Small businesses employ 49 per cent of the population and healthcare businesses make up 4.9
per cent of all businesses.
4245 private physiotherapy practices in Australia
2,141,280 actively trading total businesses in Australia at June 2012
with a 0.4% increase due to new business registrations, as well as a decline in the exit rate of
PBA Future Plans
PBA vision: private sector physiotherapy positioned and empowered to the benefit of PBA members, APA members and all Australians.
PBA – Sustainability and Quality Practice
All Australians should have access to quality physiotherapy, when and where required to optimise health and wellbeing
to facilitate the quality and sustainability of private physiotherapy practice within the APA through advocacy, education and practice
To date the business group has developed over over 20 events including face to face lectures, webinars and video conferences.. One
day preconference workshop to be hosted at the 2013 APA national conference
The PBA National group is working on a strategic PD plan to create opportunity and access for all PBA members
2014, national Business and Leadership conference is in development
Material developed to update front of office staff on PHI regulations
Group members continue to receive Business in Practice, monthly e-updates to Premium Principal and Business Affiliate group members
Dedicated Physiotherapy Business Australia resource
Extensive review and provision of better resourcing for PBA members through Marketing Solutions and Business Group resource material
more accessible online
HR in Practice service provided [providing extensive HR and IR advice with access to over 250 templates
To ensure the business group is influential with key health and policy decision makes the group contributed to NAC discussion around
Paper developed regarding Private Health Insurance Gap rebates to be presented to 2 major health fund groups in Australia
Specialist referral background research undertaken and complete
Practice of the Future report developed and to be launched at 2013 pre-conference workshop
APA Reconciliation Action plan launched
• Physiotherapist direct referral to selected medical specialists
– Health economics identifies huge savings
• Preparing students/new grads for private practice work
– Unrelated to clinical skills
• Increasing private health insurance rebates
– Including increasing number of rebatable items
Where is the physiotherapy profession heading?
How do we deal with the encroaching competition?
What do we do with the increasing student numbers?
How can we integrate international physiotherapy?
Let’s start emphasising where physiotherapists can save the
government money.
– e.g. Physiotherapy stress incontinence treatment saves Australian Government
$50 million each year

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