Myotherapy Association Australia has collaborated recently with Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT) in two submissions to the Department of Health Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) consultation for the development of the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy and related priorities.
Under the Medical Research Future Fund Act 2015, the Advisory Board is tasked with determining the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy. This is determined every five years and the Priorities every two years.
The Advisory Board invited submission from those who deliver, use or stand to benefit from health services and health and medical research. AAMT and Myotherapy Association Australia submitted two proposals. One for the investigation of the use and clinical value of massage and myotherapy in aged care as an effective pain management intervention and a second on developing a robust framework and methodology for massage, myotherapy and other musculoskeletal therapies.
As part of the submission consideration was given to addressing the burden of disease in the Australian community, how to deliver practical benefits from research to as many Australians as possible and how the outcomes of research can complement and enhance other assistance in the sector.
As a committed ongoing response to the outcomes of the 2015 PHIR report, both AAMT and Myotherapy Association Australia understand the value that research has and how translated practice outcomes will influence the suffering of chronic musculoskeletal disease and reduce barriers of collaboration between clinicians.