Massage & Myotherapy Australia working with SIRA

SIRA has invited Massage and Myotherapy Australia to contribute to a deeper understanding of the reasons for the extraordinary growth in service utilisation and possible initiatives to improve value-based care in the NSW workers compensation system. A report commissioned from Ernst & Young indicates that costs under the Massage Therapy Fees Order grew by 51% between 2016/17 and 2018/19, and that service utilisation grew by 43% in the same period. This could be a result of treatment effectiveness, and accessibility or because of structural issues inherent within the system that warrant further investigation.

In response to SIRA, Massage and Myotherapy made a submission inclusive of NSW members experience with the authority and in the context of the question posed in the Consultation Paper and the NSW SIRA Clinical Framework:

  1. Measure and demonstrate the effectiveness of treatment
  2. Adopt a biopsychosocial approach
  3. Empower the injured person to manage their injury
  4. Implement goals focused on optimising function, participation and return to work
  5. Base treatment on the best available research evidence.

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