The Community Physiotherapy Service provides small group-based rehabilitation programs for mostly elderly patients living with chronic diseases. This vital service supports older West Australians dealing with diseases like Parkinson’s, stroke victims and those with respiratory and cardiac conditions. For many, it is the difference between living independent lives and being forced to move into aged care centres.
WA Health Minister Kim Hames is refusing to adequately fund the Community Physiotherapy Service saying the program should be paid for via complex temporary Federal-State funding. We say our elderly deserve better than temporary fixes and buck passing.