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Tradies National Health Month (TNHM)

Tradies National Health Month aims to raise awareness of the risks posed to those who work in trade occupations—among individuals, their families, employers and the wider community.

While we’ve seen improvements, Australia’s trade industry continues to have among the highest health and safety issues of any sector, as showcased in this health ‘snapshot’ prepared by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). Time off work due to poor health and injury has a significant impact on families, businesses, communities, the health system and the economy. This impact will grow if we don’t take steps to change behaviour.

Anyone can get behind Tradies National Health Month. The APA is urging employers and unions of trade occupations to prioritise their employees’ health now and into the future. Everyone can spread the message—whether it’s your dad or mum, your partner, your employee, your patient or your mate, we all know a tradie and want them to place importance on their wellbeing.

Tradies’ health must be everyone’s priority—we’re giving all employers, physiotherapists, families and tradies the chance to be involved.

Social media is a great way to spread the message. Use the hashtags #tradieshealth #stoptoolingaround and #choosephysio to get involved!

Physiotherapy has more than just tradies’ backs

Tradies need to make their health the most important part of their toolkit. Preventive treatment to reduce the risk of injury is just as important as seeking help when things do go wrong. This is where physiotherapy comes in.

From musculoskeletal support, physiotherapists extend their care to chronic health impacts, like heart disease and diabetes, and the lesser-known pelvic floor issues men face. Physiotherapists are experts in helping to reduce the alarmingly common health and safety issues associated with working in labour intensive industries, preventing injury and also getting people back to work quickly.

With over 23 000 physiotherapist members, the APA is the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients. physiotherapy.asn.au

Thanks to our 2017 partners for their support:

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