Russell Kennedy recently acted for an approved provider in an appeal at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of a decision by the Department of Social Services to downgrade the classification of a number of residents at its facility.
DLW Health Services had conducted pain management program using a contracted registered physiotherapist who would attend the facility around once a week. This physiotherapist would assess all the residents and complete directives and care plans. On the days the physiotherapist was not at the facility, the treatment was physically delivered by a physiotherapy assistant who had obtained a physiotherapy degree in India and was in the process of seeking registration in Australia. The assistant worked under the supervision of the registered physiotherapist in a manner in keeping with the Physiotherapy Code of Practice, which allows for a physiotherapist to delegate certain tasks after assessing the delegatee to be competent to perform those tasks.