OI! GET INVOLVED

FOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

Get involved by leading a tradie health site visit. This is a great way to seek out new work opportunities, build relationships and embed physiotherapy in workplace culture. Choose from:

  • Package 1: Fitness for work assessment (free workplace consultation)
    • This is a free-of-charge worksite assessment. Here you can:
      • provide manual handling tips
      • stretches and injury prevention/management techniques
      • raise awareness and knowledge about workplace safety and injury prevention
      • highlight benefits of seeing a physiotherapist for long-term health outcomes
  •  Package 2: Workplace risk assessment (ongoing package arranged with employer)
    • Suggest to the employer setting up an ongoing paid package with you. Tailored to their employees needs, you can arrange a regular workplace assessment to ensure the health and safety of their tradies on a long-term basis. These can be negotiated by you and the employer.

Download the ‘Get heard’ toolkit for media pointers, social media tips and a letter template on how to engage with a tradie employer.

Going to a worksite to spread message about the importance of physiotherapy? Make sure you take with you:

  • APA branded tape measures
  • A3 Tradies National Health Month posters

Contact your local APA Branch Office, which are all equipped with these resources for you to use.

  • 1175 Toorak Road Camberwell, VIC 3124
  • (+613)90920888
  • Suite 204, 32 Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113
  • (+612)87481555
  • Freeway Office Park, Building 6C, 2728 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains, QLD 4113
  • (+617) 3423 1553
  • 8/15 Fullarton Road, Kent Town, SA 5067
  • (+618) 8362 1355
  • 174 Hampden Road, Nedlands, WA 6009
  • (+618) 9389 9211
  • FOR TRADIES

    Be your workplace health champion. Don’t you want you and your mates to be safe on the job? You can do something about it.

     We have a range of resources available to download at the drop of a hard hat.

    Stick these up around the worksite. (Behind the toilet door is a good place to start—plenty of reading time in there!)

    Use the smoko to chat to your boss about how they can make health a top priority on every job. There are a range of packages they can use to bring health professionals straight to you.

    FIND A FIX

    Slipped a disc way back when? Niggle in the knee? Back giving you hell? Shins giving you the s**ts? If that’s you (or one of your mates)—find a physio near you faster than you can say ‘you bloody ripper!’

    There are few things you can do to prevent ankle sprain:

    1. Wear the right footwear—with every step shock is absorbed by the feet, knees, hips and spine. Correct footwear will reduce these forces without affecting normal foot function.

    2. Keep strong—strong calves and ankle muscles will help protect the ligaments and reduce the likelihood of rolling your ankle.

    3. Balance—pracitse standing on one leg to challenge your balance responses and the muscles around your ankle.

    There are two main types of knee injuries:

    Acute injuries: which result from a sudden trauma, such as an awkward fall, collision or twist of the knee joint.

    Overuse injuries: which result from continuous activity or overload, such as running, jumping and cycling. These types of injuries start gradually and usually relate to a range of factors such as structural or biomechanical problems, training methods, incorrect footwear, incorrect techniques in the workplace and incorrect exercise style.

    TIPS:

    • wearing the right footwear for the job protects you from stress-related injury to the ankles, knees, hips and spine
    • avoid activities on slippery or uneven surfaces and in areas with poor lighting
    • remove all potential trip hazards before conducting activity in that area
    • make sure you warm up before and cool down after exercise with gentle stretches
    • build up your exercise program by gradually increasing the frequency, duration and intensity, but don’t work through pain (see your physio if you are experiencing pain)
    • maintain good general fitness and lower body strength and flexibility (especially quadriceps muscles)
    • practise standing on one leg to improve your balance and leg muscle strength

     

    WHAT DO I DO AFTER A SPRAIN?

    As soon as possible, and for 72 hours after injury, use the RICE method:

    Rest: take it easy and only move within your limit of pain.

    Ice: as soon as possible, and for 20 minutes every two hours, apply ice or a frozen gel pack wrapped in a damp towel. This helps to control bleeding and pain whilst reducing secondary tissue damage.

    Compression: firmly bandage the entire ankle and lower shin. This helps to control swelling.

    Elevation: as much as possible, elevate your ankle.

    It is important to drink enough water and stay hydrated. Only 5 per cent dehydration can reduce your ability to function by 30-40 per cent. By the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. That means your concentration and alertness drops, and it takes a lot longer for you to react to things. All this can affect your ability to work safely and get the job done.

    When we sweat to cool ourselves down we lose fluid from our bodies. If we do not replace this fluid, water is taken from our vital organs. This means that they will not work properly, and our body temperature increases. This can lead to heat stress, fatigue or heat stroke.

    Some signs of dehydration include:

    • tiredness
    • light-headedness
    • muscle cramps
    • dark coloured urine
    • constipation
    • thirsty/dry mouth
    • headache

    TIPS:

    • drink water before you start work
    • keep a water bottle with you and drink water even before you feel thirsty
    • drink room temperature water as its absorbed faster
    • avoid caffeine and alcohol before work, as they can cause dehydration
    • eating lots of fruit and vegetables will help with hydration
    • air-conditioning in offices and on flights can dehydrate you.

    3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety

    It’s important to remember that depression and anxiety are medical conditions, not weaknesses, and effective treatments are available. Anxiety and depression affect people in different ways. In the workplace, the following changes in behaviour may be a sign that someone is experiencing a mental health condition:

    • finding it difficult to concentrate on tasks
    • turning up to work late
    • feeling tired and fatigued
    • getting angry easily or frustrated with tasks or people
    • voiding being around colleagues
    • finding it difficult to meet reasonable deadlines or manage multiple tasks.

    If you’ve noticed a workmate is not quite acting their usual self, or seems out of sorts, it can be difficult to know what to say. You might not feel it’s your place to say anything at all, but if you are concerned about someone, it’s best not to ignore the situation.

    Do Don’t
    • spend time talking about their experiences
    • indicate that you’ve noticed a change in their behaviour
    • suggest they consider seeing their doctor
    • offer to assist them to make an appointment
    • ask how their appointment went
    • talk openly about depression and anxiety and assist them to find information
    • refer to resources at work, such as an Employee Assistance Program
    • encourage them to exercise, eat well and become involved in social activities.
    • pressure them to ‘snap out of it’, ‘get their act together’ or ‘cheer up’
    • stay away or avoid them
    • tell them they just need to stay busy or get out more
    • assume the problem will go away.

     

    For more information and resources, including videos on having a conversation with someone you’re concerned about, visit www.headsup.org.au or Beyondblue.

    Bullying is the use of force or coercion to abuse or intimidate others. Bullying involves repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.

    TYPES OF BULLYING

    Face to face: involves direct verbal actions such as name calling and insulting or physical actions such as kicking or punching.

    Covert: more subtle, which isn’t easily seen or recognised by others, for example deliberately excluding people from social groups or spreading rumours.

    Cyber: transpires through the use of the internet and related technologies such as text messages, instant messaging, email and social networking sites or forums.

     

    BEING BULLIED? HERE ARE SOME TIPS

    Ignore the person who is bullying you

    They are looking for a reaction and often lose interest if they don’t get one.

    Stay with others

    Hang out with people you trust, as bullies are less likely to pick on you when there are other people around.

    Stay positive and be confident

    Think of all the things you do well and try not to let the bullying affect your self-confidence.

    Don’t reply to a bully’s messages

    If you reply, the bully gets what he or she wants. Often if you don’t reply, the bully will leave you alone.

    Ask for help

    If the bullying doesn’t stop, you should seek advice. You should also report it to someone in charge.

    FOR EMPLOYERS

    It’s important to spread the health and safety message from the top down. Your workers are your most important asset so it’s vital you ensure they have optimal health.

    There are a number of ways you can get involved with Tradies National Health Month:

    • share the message via your networks, internal communications and social media
    • adopt a physiotherapy workplace package:

    We have a range of resources available to download at the drop of a hard hat.

    This is a free-of-charge worksite assessment provided by an APA physiotherapist. Here they will:

    • provide safe manual handling tips
    • stretches and injury prevention/management techniques
    • raise awareness and knowledge about workplace safety and injury prevention
    • highlight benefits of seeing a physiotherapist for long-term health outcomes

    This is a long-term health package, tailored to your employees’ needs and worksite, that’s set up between you and your . You can arrange a regular workplace assessment to ensure the health and safety of your workers on a long-term basis. These can be negotiated between you and the physiotherapist.

    To find a physiotherapist in your area to arrange an assessment, visit physiotherapy.asn.au/findaphysio

    Stick these up around the worksite. (Behind the toilet door is a good place to start—plenty of reading time in there!)