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Fun facts – World Physiotherapy Day


On World Physiotherapy Day (8 September), we celebrate Cabrini’s team of more than 75 physiotherapists employed across our sites and services at Malvern, Brighton and Elsternwick.

Physiotherapists provide services that develop, maintain and restore people’s maximum movement and functional ability.

They can help people at any stage of life, when movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors.

Physiotherapists help people maximise their quality of life, looking at physical, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing.


  • that benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a condition that can be diagnosed and treated by physio without specialist equipment in just one review session


  • that there are 37,650 Australian physiotherapists, attributing to 4.6% of all registered health practitioners


  • that the human body produces and manages on average a coke can’s worth of sputum each day? For acute/chronic respiratory conditions this number is even higher –  physiotherapists play a role in assisting these patients with the clearance of sputum to improve lung function


  • there are 65,000 Knee replacements and 50,000 hip replacements performed in Australia each year. Physio’s play a key role in recovery and rehabilitation of these patients


  • the average spinal height gain after scoliosis surgery is 2.7cm. Physio’s treat scoliosis patients before and after surgery and help with posture corrections


  • physiotherapy became common practice after World War 1 in Canada to treat returning soldiers


  • physiotherapy provides rehabilitation for patients in ICU who require a breathing machine


  • dysfunctional breathing is a condition treated by physiotherapists. Dysfunctional breathing may affect up to one in 10 people, and is more common in women and in people with asthma

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