Back pain: a National Health Priority Area in Australia?

Stephanie K Vaughan, Julie L Gawthorne, Andrew S Finckh and Susan A Welch
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02893.x
Published online: 19 October 2009

To the Editor: In the recent article by Briggs and Buchbinder, the authors propose that one advantage of including back pain as a National Health Priority Area (NHPA) is that it will increasingly encourage the management of back pain in accordance with best-practice clinical care guidelines.1

  • Stephanie K Vaughan
  • Julie L Gawthorne
  • Andrew S Finckh
  • Susan A Welch

  • St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW.



We thank Emily Boulton-Smith, former Emergency Department Physiotherapist at St Vincent’s Hospital, for her work in devising the physiotherapy section of the LBPAT.


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