In an effort to address healthcare inequity, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is launching the third season of The Deadly Physios podcast during the 2023 NAIDOC Week. With the theme ‘For Our Elders’, the podcast aims to promote allyship and amplify leading voices in the field. Hosted by proud Kamilaroi man Cameron Edwards, the podcast features a lineup of esteemed guests, including former Brisbane Broncos rugby league player Nick Kenny, who is now a practice director and physiotherapist with experience in remote Indigenous communities.
The new season of The Deadly Physios podcast offers valuable insights for allied health practitioners to become better allies and improve their interactions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. Edwards expressed his pride in the quality of conversations featured this season, which provides practical examples of allyship through skill and leadership development exercises, cultural reflection and responsiveness training, and engagement with local Indigenous health services and communities. Listen to a preview of the session below:
According to Mr Edwards, these examples are relevant for physiotherapists working in various areas, including private practice, community practice, and education. The podcast contributes to the ongoing dialogue surrounding allyship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in allied health.
APA National President Scott Willis, a proud Palawa man, emphasised the importance of incorporating allyship into the training and professional development of future allied health professionals. By launching the podcast during NAIDOC Week, Willis believes it offers a significant opportunity to empower guests as leaders in the field and recognize the vital role Elders have played and continue to play in the community.
The first episode of the season, airing on July 3, features Nick Kenny and Matt Hoffman discussing the connection between cultural safety and the quality of healthcare, as well as ways individuals can demonstrate genuine allyship. Other notable guests throughout the season include Professor Dawn Bessarab, Dr Ivan Linn, and Dr Ngaree Blow.