What is APA membership and how does it affect you?

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients.

The APA is committed to professional excellence, which translates into better patient outcomes and improved health conditions for all Australians. The APA runs various professional development initiatives including advanced training and collegial support from physiotherapists working in similar areas.

Physiotherapists who are members of the APA must uphold the APA Code of Conduct. All nine principles in the APA Code of Conduct are binding on all APA members.

The APA code of conduct

The APA code of conduct is based on four ethical principles:

1.) Respect the rights and autonomy of the individual

We take into account another person's views, choices, and actions that are based on that person's values, beliefs and culture. We assess a person's capacity to think and act autonomously, and support them to exercise their rights. We demonstrate respect for people who cannot decide or act autonomously, and for those whose choices may cause harm.

2.) Cause no harm

We act in the best interests of our clients and communities to avoid or minimise harm. We identify the causes and effects of harms, whether intentional or unintentional. We find out how to prevent, manage and mitigate harms, and minimise them once they have been identified.

3.) Advance the common good

We serve the interests of the whole community by protecting and promoting health to improve the wellbeing of communities and act based not only on what is good for the individual, but also for communities and the wider society.

4.) Act fairly

We address social injustice and inequity by addressing the social, economic, demographic, or geographic drivers that affect people's health.