2019: The Year of Innovation and Celebration

December 12th, 2019

Anton Barnett-Harris

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Physiotherapy Council

With 2019 drawing to a close and the fairy lights electrifying both our website and our Village, it’s a privilege to reflect on this truly remarkable year for the Council; a year of extraordinary achievements and milestones.

This year we celebrated our 50th anniversary and launched #physionextgen to a global audience.  Partnering with renowned futurist, Morris Miselowski; internationally award winning design studio, Jumbla; as well as the world’s largest available physiotherapy knowledge resource Physiopedia; we created a social media video that brought to life what’s on the cards for our profession in the next half-century.

Being an organisation that espouses innovation, we used our anniversary as a pretext, if you will, to disrupt the profession.   On 16 October 2019 #physionextgen was globally launched… and a revolution was borne.

2019 has also been a momentous year in bringing our mission to a full expression.  I am incredibly proud of the culture we have fostered at the Council; a culture that underpins and informs everything we do. It is an inclusive, empathic, innovative, ambitious, and people obsessed culture.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with the team I lead who constantly amaze me with their commitment to the people we serve in our partner universities and the hundreds of internationally trained physiotherapists who engage with us.

2019 marks the year where we transitioned to the full simulation clinical assessment model. This transformation  has delivered major benefits to the organisation in both quality of assessments but also quality of assessors. The Council has greater control of the assessment environment and standardisation of cases across cohorts. The quality of the actors is second to none and the technology we are employing is making a huge impact.

This year the Council presented our findings on the Simulation Research at international fora including the WCPT and INPTRA Conferences held in Geneva. We also presented at the International Clinical Skills Conference in Italy and the ANZHPE Conference in Canberra this past year. These were wonderful opportunities to demonstrate our innovation and Thought Leadership in regulation on a global stage.

As a team we continue to push ourselves to be a people and technology organisation and its in this intersection that we believe the future of regulation lies. We have invested appreciably in our IT Roadmap and look forward to this paying dividends for our stakeholders in the years ahead.

I am also incredibly proud of the work we are doing to improve the impact of accreditation and regulation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health. Our work with the University of Melbourne in building a cultural safety unit and the launch of our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan have been major investments to help us internally transform and to help manifest tangible improvement to the health and wellbeing of the First Peoples of Australia.

Finally, I want to say thank you to the Village for your tireless efforts in supporting all our stakeholders with consummate professionalism, care and compassion.  Thank you for your agility and for your profound contribution to the Council’s exponential growth.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Board and Chair for your support and guidance on how to achieve the ambitious goals set for the Council.

Please Enjoy this well-deserved break with your friends and loved ones. I could not be more excited about what’s in store for 2020, and for the opportunity to work with all of you to continue to bring our vision to life.


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