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Tradies National Health Month

Tradies need to look after the most valuable part of their toolkit – their health

August is Tradies National Health Month (TNHM) and the APA is raising awareness of the health and injury risks affecting those who work in trade occupations—among tradies themselves, their families, employers and the wider community. Aussie tradies have poor health and injury outcomes compared to other workers. According to Safe Work Australia statistics, our tradies make up less than one third (30 per cent) of the Australian workforce yet account for almost 3 in 5 (58 per cent) serious workplace injuries.

How can physio help?

When we think of tradies’ health concerns, we most commonly assume them to be musculoskeletal. While these conditions are common, physios also treat and manage a whole range of complex health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke recovery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and continence issues. Physically demanding trade jobs can exacerbate these conditions—but physiotherapy treatment can help—either through a prescribed exercise program tailored to individual needs, or as post-injury rehabilitation treatment. 

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