Aim: To determine current service type distribution, referral and waiting list factors impacting access to paediatric physiotherapy services in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Design: Cross-sectional survey. Method: An anonymous online questionnaire, using the Qualtrics platform, was released via email to practicing physiotherapists in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom who at the time provided paediatric physiotherapy services. Data were analysed descriptively using SPSS. Results: A total of 244 (Australia n=76, New Zealand n=21, United Kingdom n=147) physiotherapists providing services to paediatric clients responded. Those working in community-based organisations made up 42.6% (n=104), with 27% (n=66) in hospitals, 11.5% (n=28) in schools, and 10.2% (n=28) in private practice settings. Most services accepted medical practitioner referrals (80.7%, n=197), with 40.6% also accepting parent referrals (40.6%, n=99). Waiting times for physiotherapy assessments varied across age groups and countries. Mean waiting time for children 0-12 months, 13 months–5 years and 6–10 years was 1.02, 2.12, & 2.53 months respectively (Australia); 5.27, 5.55 & 2.00 months respectively (New Zealand) and 1.37, 2.26 & 2.87 months respectively (United Kingdom). Conclusion: Waiting times for paediatric physiotherapy assessment are lengthy across all three countries. Alternative methods of assessment, such as telehealth, should be investigated as a potential way to reduce these wait times. Key Practice Points: • Lengthy wait times for paediatric Physiotherapy assessment is currently an issue across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. • Further research is needed to determine methods to reduce this time and improve access to services. Proposed impact, if any, on the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: The results of this research are likely to benefit both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous populations similarly.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Oct 2019|
|Event||TRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia|
Duration: 17 Oct 2019 → 19 Oct 2019
https://transform.physio/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Abstract_Book_Adelaide_2019.pdf (Book of Abstracts)
|Conference||TRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference|
|Period||17/10/19 → 19/10/19|
Zischke, C., Pope, R. R., Hing, W. A., Milne, N., & Spittle, A. (2019). Paediatric physiotherapy services across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 324. Abstract from TRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference, Adelaide, Australia.