Health profession regulation: the case of physiotherapy

Matthew Sutton, Adam Govier

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    The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) provides the following definition of the roles physiotherapy:

    Physical therapy [physiotherapy] provides services to individuals and populations to develop maintain and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. This includes providing services in circumstances where movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, pain, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors. Functional movement is central to what it means to be healthy. (World Confederation for Physical Therapy 2011, p. 1)

    The terms 'physical therapy' and physiotherapy' are used interchangeably and are dependant on the country of practice. In Australia, the term 'physiotherapy' is the accepted nomenclature for the profession.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnderstanding the Australian Health Care System, 3e
    EditorsEileen Willis, Louise Reynolds, Helen Keleher
    Place of PublicationNew South Wales
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)9780729542326
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Australian Physiotherapy Association
    • Emergency Department
    • Interprofessional Collaboration


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