Did you know that 20% of Australians live with some form of disability?
That’s 1 in 5 people, according to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
These statistics show the unfortunate truth: that many Australians are living with a debilitating injury or illness. This could be a disability, or a mental health condition, chronic illness or a severe injury. Whatever the case, it’s not uncommon for these sorts of conditions to stop people from being able to work – and that’s where our services at WKB TPD Lawyers can assist.
But while we’re proud to offer a service that provides much-needed financial assistance for those unable to work, we also hope our clients can improve their quality of life. Whether you’re unable to work because of an injury or illness, we believe it’s critical to look forward. In this post we’re highlighting the work of Allied Health Professions in Australia (‘AHPA’), who provide rehabilitation services to people suffering from a range of health conditions.
Who is AHPA?
AHPA is Australia’s peak national organisation for allied health professions. They provide diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct health services. Comprised by 19 national allied health association members and 10 affiliate members, AHPA represents some 120,000 allied health professionals. These professionals provide essential support for people experiencing a wide range of health issues, and deliver over 200 million health services a year within all settings (NDIS, DVA, education, justice and community service sectors).
How can they help me?
With access to AHPA’s services, you can access a wide range of health professionals such as chiropractors, osteopaths, audiologists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, physiotherapists, exercise psychologists, dietitians, psychologists and many more. AHPA’s key practice areas are aged care, chronic disease, disability, mental health, musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation services.
Sounds pretty great! So how do I access AHPA’s services?
AHPA’s services are provided in a range of circumstances. If you are in hospital and the need for these services arises, allied health professionals employed by that hospital may be able to assist. But AHPA’s services are also provided in the community, often by practitioners operating in private practices. Access may be supported through government programs or through other sources of funding. These services and programs can help you meet the cost of accessing their services:
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Private Health Insurance
- My Aged Care
- Community Health Services
- Primary Health Network Programs
As lawyers, we know it’s always important to get specific information about how organisations can help you personally – so be sure to check out the full explanation of accessing these services through the above programs here. Note that you may need a referral to access these services.
At WKB TPD Lawyers, we know experiencing a severe injury or illness can significantly hinder all aspects of a person’s life. Being unable to work, or even to manage daily activities, results in major challenges. And just as we know our services provide crucial financial assistance, we know that rehabilitation services play a huge and important role in giving people the support they need. So – be sure to reach out and access the support you need.
If you are seeking to make a TPD claim due to an injury or illness, contact WKB TPD Lawyers on 1800 865 225 or visit our website www.wkblawyers.com.au.
WKB TPD Lawyers are not a generalist personal injury firm. In fact, we only do TPD claims.