How to Register As a Physiotherapist in Seychelles: the Process



To work as a physiotherapist in Seychelles you will need to register with the Health Professionals Council (HPC) Seychelles.

To get updated in information on the registration process, send an email to the Registrar: registrarhpc@health.gov.sc or registrar@hpcseychelles.org
or call +248 4303745.

This information below is to give you an idea on what is likely to be expected of you:

1. Download the application form and fill it and scan it (except you plan to submit a hard copy or go there physically)


2. Submit with it the following documents:
- A passport type electronic photograph or hard copy of the photograph
- A copy of the passport showing your full name, nationality and date of birth
A copy of all qualifications received, especially the basic qualification as a physiotherapist
- A copy of your transcript if you are a new graduate
- Your certificate of registration as a physiotherapist from where you studied or are practicing.
- A detailed curriculum vitae
- Application or Processing fee - $100
- A letter or recommendation from your last employer prior to coming to work in Seychelles if applicable.
- A letter of good standing (or Certificate of Current Professional Status) from your Physiotherapy board prior to coming to Seychelles if applicable.

The application form and supporting documents can be submitted physically or hard copy to:

The Registrar
Health Professionals Council
Office No. 18, 2nd Floor, Docklands Building
New Port Rd, Victoria
Tel: (+248) 4303745/ 4303746 Cell: (+248) 2606128

OR
By email: registrar@hpcseychelles.org


Study Materials for the Singapore Physiotherapy Qualifying Examination



1. Electrotherapy explained. Principles and Practice.(3rd Edition) Butterworth-Heinemann.



2. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy: A guide to practice. (4th edition).St Louis, Mosby.



3. Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems. Adults and Paediatrics. (4th edition).
 Pryor, J.A. and Prasad.


4. Orthopaedic Physical Assessment (4th Edition).
Magee D. J. (2002). .(4th ed.) W.B. Saunders


5. Peripheral Manipulation (3rd Ed).
Maitland G.D. (1991).  Butterworth-Heinmann

6. Vertebral manipulation (6th Ed).
Maitland G.D. (2001).  Butterworth-Heinemann: Oxford.


7. Stroke Rehabilitation : Guidelines for Exercise and Training to Optimize Motor Skill.
Carr, J.and Shepherd, R. (2003) New York : Butterworth-Heinemann.



8. Physical Therapy for Children (3rd ed)
Campbell, S.K., Palisano, R. J., Vander, W. D. (2005)
Philadelphia,Saunders.






Important Clauses to Note About Applying For The Qualifying Exam (QE)

1. Your application will not be processed until all fees are paid in full.
2. There shall be no refund in the event of non-attendance.
3. For Physiotherapy QE, there is a cap of 21 candidates per sitting. In the event that the upcoming QE is oversubscribed, SIT will push your application to the next QE ( an email will be sent to you to inform you that your application has been pushed to the next run).
4. Priority will be given to candidates whose In-Principle-Approval’s validity is expiring soon.
5. The Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy QE are conducted 4 times a year in January, April, July and October.  The examinations are usually conducted over 2 days (usually a Thursday and Friday). Candidates are expected to be present on both days. For more details, please refer to theSingapore Institute of Technology (SIT)'s website.


For questions pertaining to the scope and format of the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy QE and submission of the QE application, please email the SIT Health & Social Sciences department athss@singaporetech.edu.sg




For more information


Format of the Singapore Physiotherapy Qualifying Exams



The Singapore Physiotherapy QE  comprises a 2-hour written paper and 1-hour practical exam.

The Written paper consists of: 
i) 10 Multiple Choice Questions on Paediatrics and Electrophysical Agents (EPA)
(10 marks)

ii) Short Answer Questions (90 marks)
Comprising compulsory questions on cardiopulmonary, neurology and musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
Basic anatomy, physiology and behavioural science
questions may be asked in the applied manner in the short answer questions.

Short answer questions are mainly case studies with questions on clinical diagnosis, management and justification of management with appropriate clinical reasoning.

iii) Elective Questions (20 marks)
You will be given a choice to answer one of three case studies related to paediatric physiotherapy, women's health and sports physiotherapy.


The Practical examination (90 marks) 

Includes 3 scenarios of 20 minutes each in the following areas:
Neurology, Musculoskeletal, Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy.

Scenarios will be similar to clinical cases.
You will be asked to demonstrate appropriate assessment, related management techniques and interventions on a patient model.

You will elaborate on the goals of management on each clinical case.

Examiners will require you to provide evidence-based justification for choice of management techniques and interventions used.

Physiotherapy Qualifications Recognized in Singapore

Requirements for Physiotherapy Registration in Singapore

Steps to Applying for Physiotherapy Registration in Singapore

How to Apply for the Singapore Physiotherapy Licensing Exam 2018/2019



Applying for the Singapore Physiotherapy QE 2018/2019

1. Apply for registration with the Allied Health Professionals Council (AHPC) of Singapore.
2. After the initial review, you will be informed of your eligibility to sit for the Qualifying Exams (QE).
3. You will then apply to the relevant examination provider in Singapore (using your confirmation letter from the AHPC).
4. The completed QE application form together with the relevant fees and a certified true copy of the confirmation letter from the Council must be submitted by your employer directly to the examination provider by the closing date for the relevant QE.
5. The examination provider will give you information on the venue, date, time and other instructions on the QE.
6. After the exams submit a copy of your results to the council.The Council will then continue with the review of their applications for registration.

Contact information and the postal address for the examination provider:

Ms Doris Yeo
SLT QE Examination Secretariat
c/o Division of Graduate Medical Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Block MD3, Level 2, 16 Medical Drive
Singapore 117600
Tel: (65) 65166740
Email: entycgd@nus.edu.sg




From January 2015, the Qualifying Exam (QE) fee per candidate is SGD642 (including GST).

The QE examination consists of two parts: a written examination and an oral examination.

Results are released 4 to 6 weeks after the QE. 

For Allied Health Professionals who are on Restricted Registration and are keen to take the QE:

They should apply directly to the relevant examination provider in Singapore for the QE which they intend to sit for.

Submit the completed QE application form together with the relevant fees and a certified true copy of the Restricted Registration Certificate must be submitted directly to the examination provider by the closing date for the relevant QE.

Contact information and the postal address for the examination provider:

Ms Doris Yeo
SLT QE Examination Secretariat
c/o Division of Graduate Medical Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
Block MD3, Level 2, 16 Medical Drive
Singapore 117600
Tel: (65) 65166740
Email: entycgd@nus.edu.sg


The examination provider will inform you on the venue, date, time and other instructions on the QE.

List of Physiotherapy Qualifications Approved in Singapore.


Criteria for Registration as Physiotherapist in Singapore


Criteria for Registration as a Physiotherapist in Singapore



1. Possess a basic/primary professional qualification e.g. BSc (Physiotherapy)
2. Have an offer of employment as a physiotherapist in Singapore
3. Be of good standing/reputation/character
4. Have passed the national examination (if any) in the Country where you graduated from.

Other factors considered by the AHPC (Allied Health Professionals Council) of Singapore are:


  • Post-graduate qualifications
  • Work experience and history (e.g. whether the applicant has been in active clinical practice, professional practice experience)
  • Registration with other licensing authorities
  • Evidence of proficiency in English Language
  • Physical and Mental Health status
  • Evidence of passing the Qualifying Examination (QE)

List of Physiotherapy Qualifications Recognized By Singapore


One common question I'm asked is, " if I am a physiotherapist in India do I need to write the Singapore Qualifying Exams?
Well Singapore considers herself to be  developed country and places high standards on her healthcare system like many other "advanced" countries.

So here is a list of physiotherapy qualifications or degrees recognized by the Singapore regulatory body:


SINGAPORE
1. Nanyang Polytechnic Diploma in Physiotherapy

AUSTRALIA
1. Curtin University of Technology
i. Bachelor of Science
(Physiotherapy)
ii. Bachelor of Science
(Physiotherapy) Honours
iii. Master of
Physiotherapy

2. Cumberland College of Health Sciences
i. Diploma in Physiotherapy
ii. Diploma of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
iii. Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy
iv. Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

3. La Trobe University
i. Bachelor of Physiotherapy
ii. Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
iii.  Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice
iv. Master of Physiotherapy Practice
v. Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice

4. Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences
i. Diploma of Physiotherapy
ii. Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

5. South Australian Institute of Technology
i. Diploma in Technology in Physiotherapy
ii. Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy

6. University of Melbourne
i. Bachelor of Physiotherapy

7. University of South Australia
i. Bachelor of Physiotherapy
ii. Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

8. The University of Sydney
i. Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
ii. Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Honours
iii. Master of Physiotherapy

9. The University of Queensland
i. Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Pass)
ii. Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
iii. Master of
Physiotherapy Studies

10. Western Australian Institute of Technology
i. Associateship in Physiotherapy
ii. Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

CANADA

1. Dalhousie University
i. Master of Science in Physiotherapy

2. McGill University
i. Master of Science Applied - Physical Therapy

3. McMaster University
i. Master of Science
(Physiotherapy)

4. The University of British Columbia
i. Master of Physical Therapy

5. The University of Western Ontario
i. Master of Physical Therapy

6. University of Alberta
i. Master of Science in Physical Therapy

7. University of Toronto
i. Master of Science in Physical Therapy

HONG KONG
Special Administrative
Region, People’s Republic of China

1. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
i. Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy

IRELAND

1. National University of Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
i. BSc in Physiotherapy

2. National University of Ireland, University College Dublin
i. BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy

3. University of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin
i. B.Sc. (Hons) Physiotherapy

4. University of Limerick
i. BSc (Hons)
Physiotherapy


JAPAN
1. Kyoto University, School of Human Health Science,
Department of Physical Therapy
i. Bachelor of Human Health Science

2. Shinshu University, School of Health Science, Department of Physical Therapy
i. Bachelor of Health Science


MALAYSIA
1. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
i. Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours


NEW ZEALAND
1. Auckland Institute of Technology
i. Diploma in Physiotherapy
ii. Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)

2. Auckland Technical Institute
i. Diploma in Physiotherapy

3. Auckland University of Technology
i. Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)

4. Otago Polytechnic
i. Diploma of Physiotherapy

5. University of Otago
i. Bachelor of Physiotherapy


TAIWAN
1. Chang Gung University
i. Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

2. National Cheng Kung University
i. Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

3. National Taiwan University
i. Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

4. National Yang-Ming University
i. Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy


UNITED KINGDOM

1. Cardiff University
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

2. Glasgow Caledonian University
i. BSc (Hons)
Physiotherapy

3. King’s College London
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

4. Manchester Metropolitan University
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

5. Manchester Royal Infirmary
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

6. Queen Margaret University
i. BSc (Hons) in
Physiotherapy

7. Teesside University
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

8. The University of Nottingham
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

9. University of Birmingham
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

10. University of Brighton
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

11. University of East London
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

12. University of London, St George’s Hospital Medical School
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

13. University of Manchester
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
ii. BSc Physiotherapy

14. University of Manchester, Manchester Royal Infirmary
i. BSc Physiotherapy

15. University of Salford
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

16. University of Southampton
i. BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy


UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

1. Boston University
i. Doctor of Physical Therapy

2. MGH Institute of Health Professions
i. Doctor of Physical Therapy

3. Northwestern University
i. Doctor of Physical Therapy

4. University of Pittsburgh
i. Doctor of Physical Therapy

5. University of Southern California
i. Doctor of Physical Therapy

6. Washington University in St. Louis
i. Doctor of Physical Therapy


Criteria for Physiotherapy Registration in Singapore

Acupuncture Courses for Physiotherapists




If you are a physiotherapist looking for courses to augment your continuous professional development, then you should consider acupuncture.

As a physiotherapist that consistently comes in contact with patients complaining mostly of pain, it would be great to take acupuncture courses to add to your pain management skills.

Acupuncture Canada's Acupuncture Courses for Beginners

Acupuncture Canada offers a training program for healt professionals who want to integrate acupuncture into their practice.
The Core Program consists of four courses that introduce you to acupuncture through a western-based anatomical or medical approach, along with an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts.

Anatomical acupuncture bridges the gap between TCM and Western medicine. It is based on Western ideas on anatomy, physiology and diagnosis. It requires a thorough understanding of the anatomy related to the various acupuncture points, as points are chosen based on anatomy and physiology of the problems being treated.

The four courses in the Core Program are:
Foundations of Anatomical Acupuncture (AA1)
Clinical Applications in Anatomical Acupuncture (AA2)
Basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BTCM)
Advanced Applications in Acupuncture (AA3)

All four courses combine online and hands-on learning.
Our online component delivers a rich multimedia environment that engages students with narrated PowerPoint presentations, 3D animations, videos and case presentations provided by expert faculty. Designed to deliver an optimum learning experience for our students it is structured so that we can pace and assess students throughout the weekly format, and prepare students for our onsite, hands-on sessions. The onsite workshops are conducted in small groups. Practical instruction in based around the extensive practice of needle technique.


Learn more about the courses



If you have other acupuncture courses to share with others please do so in the comments box or contact me.

Thanks


Getting Study Materials for the DHA, HAAD Physiotherapist Exam


The licensing exam for practicing physiotherapy in Dubai or Abu Dhabi is computer based and multi choice (mcq).
Getting past questions for this DHA, HAAD exam has become a very expensive venture with many websites offering sample questions at a cost.

The Dubai Health Authority has however made it clear that it doesn't sell or make available such past questions and that any one who encounters such should report to them.
So I won't be putting up any names of websites who claim to sell sample questions or offer subscriptions to those who want to rehearse the exam online.

If you want to know how to prepare for these exams or have an idea of the syllabus then you can do one of these two options:
1. Get in contact with a medical recruiting agency with experience.
2. Use the recommended textbooks to prepare for the exam.

I really don't see why you can't go for option 2.
Give yourself a month to go through the textbooks to refresh your memory... It's an mcq exam and pass mark is 60%.
I believe you can make it, the exam isn't set up to make you fail.

Here are the books recommended by the DHA as study materials for the exam:





And Tide's Physical therapy 12th Edition by Ann Thompson (which I didn't find).

All the best!

Do You have a Female Patient presenting with Multiple Joint Pain and Weakness? Read This.


As a physiotherapist one of the most common symptoms you address everyday is pain...joint pains, muscle strains...acute pains, chronic pains....back pains, neck pains, knee joint pains...Arthritis, Tendinitis...
Whatever the situation your patient hopes to find a remedy from one of the physical therapy treatment modalities.

I just wanted to throw this in to help you in the course of administering therapy to female patients that present with complaints of multiple joint pain. Particularly pain that seems to be of systemic origin.
It is important to ask your patient if she's on any form of contraceptives, particularly the pill, the injectable (Deposit Provera), IUD...

Quite a number of women on contraceptives present with symptoms similar to autoimmune disorders like lupus, fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis....and even sciatica, tendinitis...

Some may respond to physiotherapy treatment, some may respond very slowly while some may not.
Whichever the case may be investigate meticulously the genesis of these conditions, quizzing your patient if they observed any changes before and after taking contraceptives (some may not even know).

Suggest your patient stopping the contraceptives for a while to see if there would be any improvements... If it is caused by these contraceptives there will be improvements that your patient will confirm with you.

If you've ever had such an experience, please share.

How can you get a job as an Allied Health Professional in UAE?


Getting a physiotherapy job in Dubai can almost be like a catch 22 situation... " you need a work visa to work, but you need an employer to sponsor you to get a work visa...but you need to get your license to work as a physiotherapist... but you can't apply for a license till you pass the exams...but you don't even qualify to take the exams if you don't have a job offer...

So what can you do?

Well I have three suggestions, not necessarily recommendations, but these should help:

1. Send your CV to a recruitment agency in Dubai.

2. Search for jobs online by yourself. Here are some websites where you can search for physiotherapy jobs in Dubai or UAE generally:

LinkedIn
bayt.com
dubizzle.com
GNjobs.com
indeed.com
naukrigulf.com
careerjet.com
gulftalent.com

3. You can go to Dubai on a visit or tourist visa and search for jobs on ground. Buy their newspapers and pick up classifieds from supermarkets. Visit hospitals, health centers or gyms...




However, if you get hired by a Dubai employer you will need to leave the UAE and wait for your Employment Visa to be issued, so you are not banned from the country.

 An employer must apply for an employment visa on your behalf.

ACSM Announces New Recommendations and Warnings Regarding Safety of Energy Drinks



Excessive caffeine consumption is dangerous for many, from children to Olympic athletes

 

INDIANAPOLIS –the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released a new official statement regarding energy drinks, published today in the college’s clinical review journal, Current Sports Medicine Reports.“Energy Drinks: A Contemporary Issues Paper” provides helpful guidance and warnings regarding these beverages because of the dangers they present to at-risk populations, primarily children who are the most vulnerable and the target of marketing efforts.

“Energy drinks are extremely popular and concerns about their consumption are coming from every sector of society, which is why we’ve published these recommendations.”  said John Higgins, MD, FACSM. “Our review of the available science showed that excessive levels of caffeine found in energy drinks can have adverse effects on cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine systems, as well as psychiatric symptoms. More needs to be done to protect children and adolescents, as well as adults with cardiovascular or other medical conditions.”

Energy drinks are highly caffeinated beverages that often contain a myriad of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and herbal mixtures. As the global authority for sports medicine, exercise science and the promotion of participant safety, ACSM is focused on facilitating high performance, while protecting those who compete in athletics or engage in other forms of physical activity. By publishing the new recommendations, ACSM is helping consumers to understand the risks associated with rapid and excessive consumption of energy drinks.

“When used safely and with moderation, energy drinks may have some short-term, performance-enhancing effects. However, users are generally unaware of the many potential adverse reactions that could have long-term effects, some of which are quite serious,” said Higgins. We highly encourage consumers, parents, physicians, athletic trainers, personal trainers and coaches to follow these recommendations.”

ACSM’s primary recommendations focus on four key areas:

Protecting children at risk:
Children and adolescents appear to be at particularly high risk of complications from energy drinks due to their small body size, being relatively caffeine naive, and potentially heavy and frequent consumption patterns, as well as the amounts of caffeine. The message that these beverages are not intended for children needs to be re-enforced and widely disseminated.

Stop marketing to at-risk groups, especially children: Marketing should not appeal to vulnerable populations. Currently, manufacturers of energy drinks advertise on websites, social media and television channels that are highly appealing to both children and adolescents. Target marketing to sporting and other events involving children and adolescents should not be permitted.

Do not use energy drinks before/during/after strenuous exercise: Regardless of health and fitness level, and until such time that proper safety and efficacy data are available, energy drinks should be avoided before, during or after strenuous activities.  Some of the deaths allegedly due to energy drinks have occurred when a person consumed energy drinks before and/or after performing strenuous activities.

More education and data needed: Investment in awareness and educational resources highlighting the potential adverse effects and safe use of energy drinks is required.  Significant efforts should be made to educate consumers regarding the clear and present differences between soda, coffee, sports drinks and energy drinks. Energy drink education also should be a priority in school-based curricula related to nutrition, health and wellness.

A research agenda must be developed to prioritize key questions about the acute and chronic effects of energy drink use. At a minimum, standard safety and efficacy studies should be performed and submitted to the FDA by manufacturers. Well-designed and controlled research is required to examine the increasing frequency of adverse events being reported by emergency departments.

Health care providers must talk to their patients about energy drink use, and report adverse events to watchdog agencies, like the Poison Control Centers, Consumer Product Safety Commission and the FDA. A national registry should be set up to specifically track energy drink side effects with mandated reporting requirements.


Other specific recommendations include, energy drinks:

  • should not be consumed by children or adolescents
  • should not be consumed by other vulnerable populations, including pregnant or breastfeeding women, caffeine naïve or sensitive individuals or individuals with cardiovascular or medical conditions
  • should not be used for sports hydration
  • should not be mixed with alcohol
  • should bear a label such as “High Source of Caffeine” or “Do Not Mix with Alcohol”

 
About ACSM:

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 50,000 international, national and regional members and certified professionals are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

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Register with Health Match BC to see if you Qualify for Express Entry BC


Health Match BC is a free health professional recruitment service funded by the Government of British Columbia (BC), Canada.

They specialise in recruiting Canadian and internationally educated physicians, registered nurses and allied health professionals on behalf of BC's public (not private) health employers.

You can register with them here

Once you register  their allied health services team will review your training and experience to determine if you are likely to qualify to work as a physiotherapist.

Its always good to know for free than pay much for your ignorance.

Do Your Free Online Assessment before Migrating to Canada as a Physiotherapist



A SART is an online self assessment tool designed for Internationally Educated Health Professionals. This tool will help you compare your knowledge, skills and abilities against those required to practice in Canada.

What content to expect in the tool:
1. Information on the education requirements and licensure/certification process for physical therapists.

2. General Information about immigration.

3. A view about the life and practice of physiotherapists through authentic case scenarios, employer identified core skills and technical competencies.

4. Assessment that helps you identify gaps (if any) and therefore make informed decisions about your career options (eg you may decide to start as a Physiotherapy Assistant instead of Physiotherapist)

I know a number health professionals that got nasty shocks after migrating to Canada, when they realized their skills didn't match.
As a first step it would be wise to use the free online assessment tool, so your decision to migrate to Canada would be an informed one.

Use SART

Allied Health Travel Jobs in the US



When healthcare facilities experience shortages and vacancies caused by reasons such as expansion, turnover, or staff vacations, they recruit temporary allied health travel professionals with the flexibility to travel for temporary assignments (typically 13 weeks).

Med Travelers offers allied health clinicians the opportunity to expand and advance their careers in hospitals, clinics, medical centers, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, schools, government institutions, and many other healthcare organizations.

These Allied health travel jobs are ideal for new graduates seeking résumé-building opportunities that combine education with adventure.
Experienced health clinicians will also get to add variety experience to their allied health careers, while enjoying top pay, comprehensive insurance coverage, complimentary private housing, and many other exclusive benefits.

Qualifications:
You must be a graduate of a U.S.-accredited allied healthcare program,
hold a valid professional practice license or certification, present proof of your right to work in the United States (the most common forms of this are your birth certificate, social security card, or U.S. passport).

Bonus:
Med Travelers provides its temporary professionals with free, private housing

Start your job search.

Happy New Year!


Welcome to 2018. I hope this year is a year your career dreams come true. If you have any questions or suggestions that could help you achieve your desires, don't hesitate to contact me.