How to Get Licenced to Practice Physiotherapy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Here's a quick summary on how to get a physiotherapy practising licence in Dubai and Abu Dhabi:

A foreign trained physiotherapist should at least have a B.Sc in physiotherapy, with at least two years work experience.

The physiotherapist must be a graduate from a National and/ or International recognized college/University.

For graduates from the UAE universities, the program and university must be accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).

Higher diploma certificates from The Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE will be equivalent to Bachelor degree as per MOHESR standard

A Master degree or PhD (in the area of specialty) will reduce one (1) year from the required experience for licensing provided that the Master’s/ PhD degree is not mandatory to obtain the selected title.

Qualifications acquired through honorary nature, correspondence or distance learning are not counted towards the PQR requirements.

All non-UAE national graduate physiotherapists from UAE universities are required to successfully complete Six (6) months internship post- graduation.

UAE National physiotherspists are exempt from the experience and internship requirements for the basic entry level.

Foreign trained physiotherapists must hold a valid License/ Registration to practice in their home country and/or country of last employment (where applicable).

Assistant allied healthcare professionals cannot work independently and shall work under a licensed Allied Healthcare professional.

Physiotherapists, like other health professionals, are required to pass an assessment in order to obtain their practising licence in the UAE.

To work in Abu Dhabi as a physiotherapist, you have to be assessed by HAAD (Health Authority of Abu Dhabi)

You pay
AED 50 ($13.61) for the pre-registration with HAAD and

$73.57 collected by PearsonVue for HAAD Testing Center
$94.59 for International Testing Centers

Click here to get to start an online application (eLicencing) for a practising licence in Abu Dhabi

After registration, you will need to look out for if you have an approval to book an exam with Pearson.

If your application is "Approved For Exam", navigate to Exam Scheduling page. (e-Licensing > Examination > Exam Scheduling) to book your exam with HAAD

Please Note : You have to sit for an exam within 3 months after being "Approved For Exam". Failure to do so may result in disapproving the application.

Only use a Visa/Master Credit Card. Make sure that the Credit Card is valid and has sufficient daily balance to process the payment.

Result for the HAAD Exams are declared within three business days.

You can also search and  apply for physiotherapy jobs in Abu Dhabi

To Work as a physiotherapist in Dubai, you need to be assessed by DHA (Dubai Health Authority)

You can apply online here

Initial Fees AED 220 ($59.89)
Primary Source Verification : AED 935. ($254.55)
Extra Document AED 300.($81.67)
Oral - AED 270.($73.51)
Prometric: USD 170.
Issue License: AED 1020.($277.69)
Delivery fees: AED 20 ($5.44) payable cash upon delivery

Initial application review: 2-4 weeks
Primary Source Verification (PSV): it will be proceed after 48 hr of payment.
Exam assessment:
Prometric Assessment (CBT): based on prometric exam schedule
Oral Assessment: based on DHA exam schedule
Upload labor card and Insurance: 5 working days after application submission
Issue license: 2 working days


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Jobs in the U.S. for Medical Technologists

If the demand for healthcare professionals is heating up in the USA, then the demand for MedTechs has reached the boiling point.

Here are five reasons why:

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 2012 and 2022 the demand for clinical laboratory technologist/technician job will grow by 22 percent.

The U.S. programs preparing tomorrow’s laboratory workforce train only about half of what is needed.

Fewer than 5,000 individuals are graduating each year from accredited training programs.

According to the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), the number of accredited clinical laboratory technology programs has steadily declined.

Approximately 40 percent of the laboratory workforce is within ten years of retirement.

Coming April 1st 2017 Passport USA will be filing U.S. visas for numerous qualified Medical technologists. Will you be one of them?

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WCPT launches art and health competition 13th December 2016

WCPT is pleased to announce the launch of its art and health competition. The work of the finalists will be displayed in an art and health exhibition at the WCPT Congress 2017 in Cape Town next July.

The exhibition is always popular at congress and adds a unique element to the event.
The theme of the competition is “Diversity and inclusion”.
WCPT is seeking outstanding pieces of artwork and photography relevant to
physical therapy. Interpretations of the theme may include:
• diversity of patients and practice
• inclusion of disabilities
• how physical therapy encourages inclusion
• the vast range of specialties within the profession

All entries must be submitted electronically as a JPEG photograph. The original artwork must be created in
one of the following media:
• photography
• painting
• drawing
• sculpture

All images should be taken at the best quality available. If a photograph of a sculpture, drawing or painting is being submitted, the artwork must be clearly visible and well lit.

The competition is open to all physical therapists and their patients - all that is required is a passion for your work!

A maximum of three entries may be submitted by any one individual. To view the winners and runners up of the last art and health competition go to

The closing date for the competition is 15th February 2017. Please email entries (or direct any enquiries) to Mia Lockner at Further information is available at

How to submit
• To submit your entries please email them to A maximum of 3 entries may be submitted by any one individual. All entries must be submitted as a JPEG photograph.
• If the total size of your entries exceeds 10MB please use a site such as to send your images.
• Please include a brief description for each entry (approx 50-100 words).

Winners: The overall winner of the competition will receive an Amazon voucher to the equivalent value of $100 (USD) to spend in their local store. In addition, there will be a winner in each of the four categories: photography, painting,
drawing, sculpture.
Each of these will be awarded a WCPT art and health competition winner certificate.
The photographs/submitted images of work will be given a high profile within the art and health exhibition at the WCPT Congress in Cape Town. The photographs will be featured on the WCPT website and within the website’s photo gallery.

Runners-up: These will be awarded a WCPT art and health competition runner-up certificate. The photographs/submitted images of work will be shown within the art and health exhibition at the WCPT Congress in Cape Town. Runners-up entries
will also be featured in the photo gallery on the WCPT website.

World Physical Therapy Day: Entries may be used as part of the World Physical Therapy Day campaign for 2017.

Copyright and permissions
• The individual entering the competition must be the photographer/artist and the owner of the copyright for any works entered.
• Submissions must provide evidence that permissions have been obtained from any person/s featured in the photographs. Students/patients/models/actors may be used.
• By entering this competition the photographer/artist is granting WCPT non-exclusive and royalty-free rights to display their entry/entries in connection with this contest, as well as on the WCPT website and within its promotional and/or
marketing materials such as posters, brochures, flyers, PowerPoint presentations and activity reports. WCPT may also request additional permission from you before using your photographs for purposes other than those listed above.
• The photographer/artist retains copyright of their entry/entries and will be credited alongside their submitted work/s.


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Urgent: Physiotherapist Wanted in Queensland Australia

If you are a  UK trained physiotherapist with a BA or a South African trained physiotherapist and you are interested in working in the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia, please contact me ASAP.


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What you Need to know about Physiotherapy Registration in South Africa

Getting a job as a physiotherapist in South Africa may seem more complicated than getting one in the US, Canada or Europe. There's not much information online about what is required from foreign trained physiotherapists to get a license to practice in South Africa, so this will hopefully help:

1. The SA health sector prefer foreign trained physios that come from countries that have have similar training and curriculum with them.

2.The South African Health Sector's main aim for recruiting foreign trained physiotherapists is to provide hands for under serviced, remote areas of south Africa.

"Please be informed that the main aim of the FWM is to support the staffing needs of the rural areas in SA and in particular to endorse applicants to eventually fill long-standing vacancies in undeserved areas. Applicants should note that they will not be recruited to the urbanized areas unless under exceptional circumstances."

3. According to the health sector foreign recruitment policy, employment contracts cannot be more than 3years and are nonrenewable.

4. If you are successful with your application to the FWM (Foreign Worker Management) the FWM will secure a job offer on your behalf from Public Sector Health institutions. Direct employment is prohibited, employment of foreign trained health workers is only through FWM.

5. The FWM gives you a letter of endorsement as part of the documents you submit for registration with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

Application to HPCSA

The following documents must be submitted to the Professional Board:

The attached application form, duly completed.

Copies of all degree/diploma certificates or similar academic qualifications certified by an attorney in his or her capacity as notary public and bearing the official stamp as well as sworn translations of these into English.

 Copies certified only by a Commissioner of Oaths will not be accepted. Alternatively original documents together with copies thereof could be submitted for verification by the relevant Council staff. In view of possible damage or loss of such documents it is not advisable to send such documents by mail.

Original academic transcripts (academic record) issued by your educational institution indicating course content of each qualification and a sworn translation of these into English (copies of original documents will only be accepted if duly certified as outlined above).

A recent original Certificate of Status (Certificate of Good Standing), indicating that the applicant is in good standing, issued by the foreign registration authority/ies where the applicant is currently

registered/practising issued within the preceding three months.
A copy of a valid Passport or Identity Document as proof of current citizenship, duly certified by a notary public as indicated above.

A letter of endorsement in support of the application for registration issued by the Directorate: Workforce Management (DWM) of the National Department of Health (Form 176 DOH attached hereto for this purpose). The application for this purpose should be compiled and submitted directly to The Director, DWM, Room 1123, Fedlife Building, National Department of Health, Private Bag X828, Pretoria, 0001, RSA (Corner of Church and Prinsloo Streets). ). Applicants who fail to secure the support of the DWM towards an application for registration or employment will not be eligible for registration.

In the case of South African citizens who qualified abroad the letter of endorsement in support of the application for registration issued by the Directorate: Workforce Management (DWM) of the National Department of Health is not required. Once such applicants have successfully completed the examination of the Board and have received confirmation from the Board that they are eligible to register with the Council such applicants have to approach the Department of Health, for placement in community service posts as per the “Regulations relating to the registration of persons who hold qualifications not prescribed for registration promulgated as Government Notice No. R. 101 on 6 February 2009. Her contact details are as follows: Tel 012 312 0519; Fax 012 312 0913; E-mail

A “Certificate of Evaluation” issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Practitioners are required to have all academic qualifications evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority in Pretoria.

Applications for this purpose should be duly completed and submitted directly to SAQA at the following address:
Street address:
SAQA House
1067 Arcadia Street, Hatfield
Postal Address:
Postnet Suite 248
Private Bag X06
Waterkloof, 0145
Switchboard: (012) 431 5000
Fax: (012) 431 5147
E-mail Address:

For general enquires:

Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications Call Centre: 012 431-5070

See “Evaluation of Foreign Qualifications” on the SAQA website for specific documentation, including degree certificates, transcripts of record and the evaluation fees to be sent to SAQA as part of your request.

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New Requirements by FCCPT for Foreign Trained Physiotherapists

It's now officially "official" that you need to have a Masters degree in Physiotherapy for your credentials to be assessed by the FCCPT in the US. You need to have a Masters in Physiotherapy to get a Type 1 Health Worker certificate. This information was released September 2016:

Important change to USCIS Requirements for Health Care Worker Certification

USCIS now requires the following to obtain a Type I Health Care Worker Certificate:

1. Master’s degree or higher in Physical Therapy, and
2. 202.1 semester credits minimum

In response to USCIS’ requirements, FCCPT has implemented the following requirements on the Comprehensive Credentials Review (Type 1 Review) Service:

New Type I Review applications received on or after September 15, 2016
Must possess a Master’s Degree or higher in Physical Therapy. 

If you submit an application and your degree title is a Bachelor’s degree, your service will be cancelled and your application fee will be refunded.

Type I Review applications received before September 15, 2016

1. If your file is IN REVIEW (We have received all documents and are reviewing your application): 

a. Master’s Degree: If your education demonstrates a Master’s degree or higher in Physical Therapy, FCCPT will complete your review. Your education must demonstrate a minimum of 202.1 semester credits, in order to be found “Substantially Equivalent”.

b. No Master’s Degree: If your education does not demonstrate a Master’s degree or higher in Physical Therapy, your service will be cancelled and your application fee will be refunded. You will have the option to change your service to an Educational Credentials Review.

c. These requirements apply to applicants with Type I Re-evaluations currently in Review as well.

2. If your file is PENDING (We have not received all documents):

a. Master’s Degree: If your education demonstrates a Master’s degree or higher in Physical Therapy and all documents are received by FCCPT by October 31, 2016, your review will be completed using the current coursework requirements (CWT5) and require a minimum of 202.1 semester credits to be found “Substantially Equivalent.” You will have the option to change your service to an Educational Credentials Review.

b. No Master’s Degree: If your education does not demonstrate a Master’s degree or higher in Physical Therapy, your service will be cancelled and your application fee will be refunded. You will have the option to change your service to an Educational Credentials Review.

c. If we have not received all documents by October 31, 2016, we will inform you at that time what options are available.

Type I Re-evaluations applications received after September 15, 2016: Your education must demonstrate a Master’s Degree or higher in Physical Therapy and minimum credit requirement of 202.1 hours to be found “Substantially Equivalent.”

Type I Renewals: USCIS requirements do not affect current and future renewals.

Previously completed Type I: USCIS requirements do not affect a completed Type I.

Other services: USCIS requirements do not affect other services (Educational Credential Review, PTA Educational Equivalency Review, and New York Credentials Verification).
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The difference between the Athletic Tape and Kinesiology Tape

I was watching WWE wrestling with my kids the other day and they drew my attention to a particular wrestler who had a colourful taping round one of his arms.

They wanted to know what that tape was, since the wrestler had a history of injury on that arm.

What exactly are tapes and what purpose do they serve? What are the different kinds of tapes and are there any major differences?
Why all the hype about the kinesio tape?

Tapes are of different types and used for different purposes; they can either be corrective, supportive or compressive.

The Athletic Tape
The athletic or sport tape is a supportive tape. This adhesive tape is used on athletes to prevent injury by providing support around an injured joint or muscle.
This type of taping is usually done around the wrists, hands, ankles and feet for a specific athletic activity and afterwards removed.
The athletic tape is of basically two types:
A white somewhat rigid adhesive tape containing zinc oxide which helps the tape to mould to the part applied like a cast (when body temperature goes up).

Elastikon Tape
It is an elastic tape made of cotton elastic cloth and has a rubber based adhesive base. It is usually used to offer support to the knee, elbows and shoulders.
Elastoplast is another strong tape used to offer support.

The Kinesiotape

The kinesio taping method was first developed in 1979 by a Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase.

Dr Kenzo wanted something that could prolong or some how continue the effects of manual therapy in between treatment sessions for his patients.
(This definitely makes recovery quicker and better controlled.)
The kinesiology tape has unique properties that enable it to give dynamic support; it still allows some amount of "safe" movement.

Unlike the rigid athletic tape that is only used for a day the kinesio tape can be worn for 4-5 days.

When the tape is applied to the skin it lifts the skin and soft tissue away from the muscle to allow increased blood flow and lymphatic drainage which eventually leads to pain relief.

Uses of the Kinesiology Tape

1. Rehabilitation
When athletes come for manual therapy, the kinesio tape can be applied after the session to help continue and some how accelerate the healing process.

2. Pain Relief
Like I mentioned before, taping helps improve blood flow and drainage, and the resultant effect is pain relief.

3. Injury prevention
Athletes can have the kinesio tape worn on particular sensitive areas (particularly muscles and joints) to prevent or minimize injury during performance.

The kinesio tape can be worn during sporting activities (as we've seen), exercise and swimming.

Chiropractors, Physical Therapists and Athletic trainers are those who usually have the skills to apply this tape.

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A Close Look at the Physiotherapy Salary and Working Conditions in the US

The increased demand for physical therapists/physiotherapists in most countries is not just a hype as we can clearly see that a growing sedentary and aged population is translating to a rising need for physiotherapy.

The projected growth rate for the physiotherapy profession in the US is 34% (2014 - 2024).

Who is a Physiotherapist?

Physiotherapists assess, plan, deliver and review rehabilitative programs that prevent and treat pain, improve mobility, maintain and increase strength and flexibility and generally promote functional independence.

Physiotherapy in the United States

Physiotherapists in the US are part of a healthcare team; they supervise physiotherapy assistants and aides and consult with physicians, surgeons and other specialists.

Having physiotherapy skills has proved to be quite rewarding, especially financially and that has got many physical therapists looking out for the best paying jobs.

In the US, physiotherapists are expected to have these qualities in order to be able to carry out their responsibilities efficiently:

Compassion : Physical therapists are often drawn to the profession in part by a desire to help people. They work with people who are in pain and must have empathy for their patients.

Detail oriented: Like other healthcare providers, physical therapists should have strong analytic and observational skills to diagnose a patient’s problem, evaluate treatments, and provide safe, effective care.

Dexterity : Physical therapists must use their hands to provide manual therapy and therapeutic exercises. They should feel comfortable massaging and otherwise physically assisting patients.

Interpersonal skills : Because physical therapists spend a lot of time interacting with patients, they should enjoy working with people. They must be able to clearly explain treatment programs, motivate patients, and listen to patients’ concerns to provide effective therapy.

Physical stamina: Physical therapists spend much of their time on their feet, moving as they demonstrate proper techniques and help patients perform exercises. They should enjoy physical activity.

Resourcefulness: Physical therapists customize treatment plans for patients. They must be flexible and able to adapt plans of care to meet the needs of each patient.

Here's a brief summary of the job description of a physiotherapist in the US:

  • Physiotherapists review patients' medical history and other referrals that come from other health workers.
  • They carry out diagnosis based on patients' complain, observation and other resources available to them.
  • Physical therapists develop evidence based treatment plans for patients, outlining clear goals and expectations
  • PTs use a variety of techniques and modalities to administer care to their patients. Some of them are exercises, stretching, massage and therapeutic machines.

Most physios in the US work full time, during normal business hours, though some may work during evenings and weekends.

Now let's look closely at the latest physiotherapy salary and top paying States in the US. What the employment rates? Are there really jobs for physiotherapists where the pay is high or are high salaries only for a few?

The average hourly wage for a physio in the US is $41.25, with an average annual wage: $85,790.

Industries that employ the largest number of physiotherapists in the US are General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Offices of other Health Practitioners and Home health care Services.

Top paying industries for physiotherapists in the US are establishments primarily involved in offering instruction or training, with an annual average salary of $99,740. Others are the Home Care Health Services which pay an average of $96,560 and the Nursing care facilities at $91,480.

The top 5 states that have the highest number of physical therapists employed are California, New York, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The top 5 states with the highest concentration of physiotherapy jobs are Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Montana and New Hampshire with Connecticut paying the highest annual salary at $85,940.

The top 5 states that pay the highest physiotherapy salaries in the US are:

Nevada with a mean hourly wage of $58.65 and mean annual wage of $121,980

Alaska with a mean hourly wage of $48.35 and a mean annual wage of $100,560

Texas with a mean hourly wage of $46.62 and a mean annual wage of $96,970

California with a mean hourly wage of $45.82 and a mean annual wage of $95,300

New Jersey with a mean hourly wage of $45.74 and a mean annual wage of $95,150

Figures as seen on Bureau of Labour Statistics


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How to Prepare for the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exam

Any internationally trained physiotherapist desiring to work in Canada will need to pass the PCE (Physiotherapy Competency Exam).
Naturally, you would want to find out more about this licensing exam and what exactly you are expected to know. Are there any textbooks to read or past examination papers to look at?

Well if you are really interested in giving the PCE your best shot and passing the exams on the first try, the you can check out these preparatory courses organized by two different groups.

PT Exam Prep

PT Exam Prep is a comprises highly skilled tutors with experience in preparing for the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exam, and practicing Physiotherapists in the Canadian healthcare industry.

They are dedicated to helping international physiotherapists become certified in Canada. Pt Exam Prep offers a 6 week comprehensive course to get you fully prepared for all topics tested on the PCE .

Their courses cover both written and practical components of the PCE exam.
Courses for the written PCE cost $2000 while those for the practical PCE cost $185.

If you are not interested in the 6-week course, they also organize a 100 question Mock Exam to test your readiness .


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They also offer preparation courses for both clinical and written component of Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exam. Theses courses are also focused on preparing internationally trained physiotherapists for PCE.

Students may register for 6 sessions (written) and 6 sessions (practical). Classes are in small groups of 2 students or one-on-one. The instructor is a Canadian trained physiotherapist with MSc degree in Physiotherapy and Kinesiology

Written Component:
Students will master the Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Neuromuscular and Cardiopulmonary sections and the most important notes for the exam will be reviewed. Important references for the exam will be introduced in the class.

Students also receive sample multiple choices and additional important notes necessary for the exam every session.

Students may pay as you go. They don’t need to register for all sessions at once but they can pay for each session separately.
In the clinic class: $85/session
Online class : $75/session
1000 multiple exam questions: $200

The clinical component goes for $95 a session.


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Tips to Prevent Musculoskeletal Conditions While Using your Smartphone

It's not uncommon these days, to see people moving around with their faces buried in their mobile phones or tablets. Even having a decent conversation with a friend can prove abortive if the notorious "third party" refuses to leave the eyes of him/her.

A 2014 study in the Journal of Surgical Study revealed that bending your head while looking at your mobile device can add between 12kg to 27kg of pressure on your spine.

"New" musculoskeletal conditions like "Text Neck" and "Texting Thumb" are becoming a common presentations in physiotherapy clinics, and therefore it has become a major responsibility for us as health practitioners to put out safety tips on how to use mobile or handheld devices.

So here are some tips on how to use your smartphone and other handheld devices safely:

When holding your phone, especially, for long periods, adopt postures that help keep your wrists and fingers in as relaxed a position as possible. Deliberately and gently stretch your wrists and fingers in the opposite direction you had been holding your phone as a relaxation move.

Keep your device at eye or chin level to minimize bending your neck and upper back. Take time out to move your neck, stretching it in the opposite direction that that it has been.

Just like when using your monitor or laptop in the office, imbibe the 20-20-20 rule - for every 20 minutes you spend looking at your device, take 20seconds off to stare at an object about 20 feet away.

Use your other fingers instead of thumbs to type.

Avoid wedging your phone between your ear and shoulder when talking on the phone.


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Check these 6 Habits to Get Relief from that Neck Pain

Neck pain can present itself in many ways, but whatever form it comes it's an unpleasant feeling that you really want to get relief from. When we refer to "neck pain" here, we are talking about pain in the neck that has no clear cause or diagnosis (nonspecific neck pain).

There are different types of neck pains; neck pain that comes with a headache, neck pain that comes with tingling (pins and needles) in the arm or neck pain which is as a result of an obvious injury, like a whiplash injury.

A whiplash injury is a strain in the muscles or tendons of the neck as a result of a force that quickly throws the neck forwards then backwards.

Whiplash injuries commonly occur in auto accidents, for example, if your car is hit suddenly with great force from behind, that force can cause your head tho plunge forwards and get thrown backwards.

A neck pain that presents with a headache (cervicogenic) is likely to indicate disc degeneration or facet joint arthritis. The fact that the headache is cervicogenic shows that the cause of the headache is coming from the neck.

Neck pain with accompanying radiculopathy (pinching or irritation) of a nerve is most likely due to some form of degeneration and arthritis and can present as tingling or numbness in the arm.

Focusing on nonspecific neck pain, causes are likely to be postural.

A nagging pain in the neck can disrupt all your activities in the office and diminish your productivity, if not handled properly and promptly.

Neck Pain is mostly caused by improper working postures. Here are some tips to avoid excessive neck twisting and looking up or down extensively to deal with Neck pain in your workplace:

  • Your Monitor Position: put your monitor directly in front of you except you occasionally use it. It should be at eye level, so you don't have to bend your neck in any awkward position,when working at it. Also spending time on your gadgets, especially tablets and mobile phones, looking down for long periods.
  • Telephone Use: Avoid sandwiching the ear piece between your neck and shoulder, as much as possible, use your hand!
  • Your office Chair: does your chair give you adequate support. A good chair should support your whole spine; from neck to waist. You may need to change your chair. An ergonomic chair that has a head rest will be helpful.
  • Regular Breaks: Take Regular Breaks off looking at the monitor or perusing documents. If you notice you've kept your neck in a fixed position too long, take a break and roll it around a bit.
  • Use a Pillow: Use a pillow to support your back when sitting. Good support for your back will also help your neck, since they are both part of the spine.
  • Sleeping Position: Watch your sleeping position, at home of course and not in the office! Bad posture at home will reflect in the office. look out for your bed and pillow also, you may have to change them.


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How to Care for your Back

Back care is clearly a case of "prevention is better than cure". It's always better to prevent back injury than to treat it.
So what are the culprits of back pain? What would cause great discomfort and injury to your back? This is what should be at the top of your mind so be careful to avoid or control the following:

Common Causes of Back Pain

1.Weak muscles: not enough physical activity. Yeah yeah, you can't just sit behind your desk all day and think your back should understand.

2. Muscle Strain caused by too much or physical activities carried out with harmful techniques.

3. Poor/Bad postural habits.

So what should you do to protect your back muscles?

Practice good lifting techniques. 
  • Always be conscious about what and how you should lift an object. Does it look too heavy? Would you be needing help? 
  • Lift objects close to your body rather than with your arms outstretched.
  • Stand with one foot slightly in front of the other for balance.
  • Slowly bend your knees and NOT your back, so your legs do the lifting.
  • Lift the object while straightening your legs till you are standing straight.
  • Take care to also bend your knees while putting the object down.

Watch your weight
Extra weight places extra stress on your back muscles. You don't need the "pot belly".

Adopt Good Posture at all Times
  • Whatever the position you find yourself; sitting , standing, sleeping there are the "good, bad and ugly" for your back.
  • Always sit with a back support. Yes you should use one in the office if your seat doesn't give adequate support to your lower back.
  • Avoid sitting for long periods; take stretching and walking breaks.
  • Drive with your back straight against the seat and close enough to the steering. Your bent knees should be at a slightly higher level than your hips.u to stand for long periods.
  • Don't stand for long periods; take stretching and walking breaks if your job requires you standing for long periods.
  • Better to lie on your back or side than on your tummy. Use adequate pillow support for your head/neck, back and between your legs if you are on your side. 
  • Lie on a firm mattress. 


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8 Interesting Facts About Getting a Foot Massage

Spending time at work involves assuming sitting and standing postures
for long periods and this most times results in muscle tension and
other stress-related symptoms.

If your job involves you walking or standing for long periods like
customer service staff and construction workers (to mention) a few
then you would definitely need regular foot massage.

It would amaze you that a brief 15 to 20 minutes foot massage can do the trick.

Your feet are one of the most sensitive parts of the body that seldom
get the required attention they deserve.

Even every day walking and standing can take their toll on your feet
as the feet and ankles bear a good part of your body weight.

With over 7000 nerves in the foot alone, getting a foot massage can be
extremely pleasurable and relaxing.

A foot massage will not only help relieve foot and ankle pain, but
will also relieve stress and tension in the entire body.

Here are other benefits of getting a foot massage:

1) A 20 minute session of foot massage and mobilization restores
balance and alignment especially in the elderly.

2) A 20 minute session of foot massage helps reduce the pain intensity
after a surgical operation.

3) Light pressure foot massage also helps to reduce lower limb oedema (swelling) in pregnancy.

4) A 10 minute session of daily foot massage for at least 2 weeks has
been shown to reduce the agitation in people suffering from dementia.

5) A good foot massage will improve blood circulation round the body.

6) Foot massage promotes good body posture.

7) Getting a foot massage will also help to boost your immune system.

8) Foot massages have also been known to improve concentration.

You may not always have the time to go to the spa to get one but you
can treat yourself to a "home made foot massage".

Although there's nothing like a massage given with human hands you can
still make use of a foot massager at home except you have a partner
that's willing to "volunteer".

There are tips here on how to give a foot massage.

Firstly, soak your feet in warm water after adding few drops of
lavender oil or any other essential oil.

There are two major types of foot massagers; the simple and the
therapeutic foot massager.

The therapeutic foot massager actually mimics reflexology.
Reflexology is a kind of massage that relieves tension and treats
illnesses by stimulating pressure points on the feet, hands and head.

All in all get a massager that's easy to use and try to read as much
reviews as possible.
There are mechanical foot massagers, water-based foot massagers, calf
and foot massagers et al.

Once you get a durable and effective foot massager you're guaranteed a first class "on the go" stress relieving therapy.


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Exercising Safely During Pregnancy

There is nothing wrong with exercising when pregnant. When it comes to exercise prescription for the pregnant woman one important factor to consider is her fitness level.

What was your fitness level before pregnancy? How physically active were you? Were you actively exercising or going to the gym? What were your physical activities? Were you swimming, jogging, playing tennis or just involved in household chores?

After being certified fit by a medical personnel, exercise and pregnancy are really good friends as long as the boundaries are observed.

Here are some guidelines to follow when exercising during pregnancy:

  • Avoid exercising in high temperatures. Stop exercising if you are getting uncomfortably warm. It is important to maintain your hydration level, so always have water with you during your exercise time
  • Avoid exercising in the supine position (lying on your back, face up)
  • Exercise sessions, which should be handled by the therapist, shouldn't be more than 45 minutes
  • Avoid breath holding activities such as scuba diving and vigorous strength training
  • If you weren't that active before you got pregnant or aren't really an "exercise person", settle for low impact activities like walking or swimming.
  • Balance training during pregnancy is unnecessary because of the risk of falls
  • Flexibility and strength training can be put on hold or done under careful supervision. The body is already getting " flexible " under the influence of relaxing hormone

Benefits of remaining active during pregnancy:

  • Being physically active while pregnant is likely to reduce the level of pain or discomfort you may feel
  • It can help maintain or even improve your level of fitness and endurance
  • It will likely reduce the risk of occurrence of varicose veins or swelling
  • Exercising or staying active during pregnancy will help reduce experiences of fatigue, stress and anxiety
  • It has also been observed that pregnant women who exercise tend to have a shorter labour period, fewer complications and quicker recovery after delivery

Exercise during pregnancy is  complete NO in the following cases:
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • An incompetent cervix
  • Persistent bleeding

In summary, a pregnant woman is blessed with the assignment of carrying a baby to full term, and bringing forth the child as safely as she can, without jeopardizing her own health.

Your physiotherapist is qualified to walk you through this period, keeping you as active as you should be.


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Average Physiotherapy Salary in Top Countries

Why do we make so much fuss about how much a physiotherapist should earn? Well we are not fussy, it is just imperative that you are up to date with industry standards.

Physiotherapists promote mobility, physical activity and general health and wellness of individuals. In this technology age there is emphasis on education to prevent injury and disease and promote recovery.

Why would physiotherapy continue to be relevant? Because as people become more sedentary in their lifestyle and also grow older, there is an increasing need to ensure that individual maintain optimal health by being physically active. Maintaining and improving functional independence is key when dealing with an ageing or elderly population.

So what should a physiotherapist be expected to earn these days? Physiotherapy salaries have actually been increased in several regions because of the increased demand and importance of the profession.

In the UK, physiotherapists earn an average salary of £45,000 ($53,000) per annum. Experience is key in the UK, so the greater your years of experience the higher your salary will be. On the average, the physiotherapy salary range in the UK is between £31,000 ($38,000) and £54,000 ($66,000) per annum.

In the US, the average annual physiotherapy salary ranges from $55,000 to $90,000, this includes a basic salary and allowances that follow. Salaries for physiotherapists vary across the different states, with Texas and Alaska being some of the best paying.

In Canada, having a postgraduate degree is a plus to your annual salary. Other factors that also affect how good your salary can get are the province you are employed and also the industry you work. There are varying reports on which Canadian cities pay physiotherapists best; some say Ontario, some say Calgary. Interestingly, the lowest and highest physio salaries are in Toronto/Ontario with a range CAD 38,000 to CAD 103,000 ($28,000 to $78,000) while the highest "low" salary is paid in Calgary.The average annual physiotherapy salary range in Calgary is CAD 63,000 to CAD 91,000 ($48,000 to $69,000).

The annual salary range for physiotherapists working in Australia is between AUD 46,000($35,000) and AUD 86,000($65,000).


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7 Essential Competencies Required by Physiotherapists in Canada

What really is required of a physiotherapist practising in Canada? When looking out for an international physiotherapy job you need to be abreast of what is expected of you. What is the scope of practice and boundaries for the physiotherapist outside your country of training?

Yes, Physiotherapy is concerned with the quality of human function and movement... Prevention, intervention and rehabilitation are common keywords when it comes to what physical therapists do, but what exactly is required of physiotherapists in some countries? Who is a physiotherapist?

Let's look at Canada, what is expected of a physiotherapist who wants to work in Canada?

1) A physiotherapist is first of all seen as an "Expert" who:

  • Consults with the client to obtain information
  • Carries out client's assessment relevant to physiotherapy practice
  • Analyzes the findings from assessing the client
  • Establishes a physiotherapy diagnosis and prognosis
  • Develops and implements an intervention strategy
  • Evaluates and reviews the effectiveness of interventions employed

2) A physiotherapist is also seen as a "Communicator" who:

  • Develops and maintains professional relationships through effective communication
  • Conveys and shares information to aid decision making
  • Effectively uses verbal, non verbal and electronic communicationcommunication

3) A physiotherapist is also expected to be a Collaborator who

  • Recognizes and respects the role of other team members involved in a client's case.
  • Works with others to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts

4) A physiotherapist is a Manager who

  • understands the structure and funding of the health system as relates to physiotherapy practice
  • Supervises personnel involved in delivery of physiotherapy services and ensure safe and effective physiotherapy practice

5) A physiotherapist is an Advocate who promotes the health needs of individuals, the community and the profession

6) A physiotherapist is a Scholarly practitioner committed to lifelong learning, incorporating experiences, education and research to deliver physiotherapy services

7) And finally, the physiotherapist is the "Professional" who conducts himself within the ethics of the profession, respecting the client's autonomy and contributes to the development of the physiotherapy profession.


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How to Prepare for the Qualifying Exam for Physiotherapy in Singapore

To get a physiotherapy job in Singapore, you need to be licensed and before that you need to pass the Qualifying Exam in Nanyang poly.

Being an internationally trained physiotherapist the last thing you may want to hear (at least for me) is that word "Exam".

You want to know what books to read for the exam or if your clinical knowledge is sufficient for you to pass. Another thing that bothers many is the structure of the exam; is it theory or MCQ, clinical based or viva?

From what I have heard(not experienced), the Singapore physiotherapy qualifying exams has been quite tough for some. They didn't pass it on the first trial and you have only two opportunities.

Some common complaints are that most of the materials recommended for reading where not used for the exam and that the students that participated in the clinical exams (as patients) where "bad actors".

For those who are yet to write the exam, their major complaints are getting an employer to sponsor them to write the qualifying exam.

The most important help you can get is information. (Read also How to get a Physiotherapy Job in Singapore).

Here also are some tips to help you with the Qualifying Exam at Nanyang poly:

Apply online to private physiotherapy clinics or gyms that employ physiotherapists in Singapore.

Getting a pass to get into Singapore is an additional advantage

You may be able to get a job which doesn't require you passing the QE (Qualifying Exam)

If you are Pilates certified you kind of have an advantage

The key is "clinical reasoning", so if you've been working for a while you shouldn't have a problem with that. However, you should pay attention to exercise prescription; dosage, frequency, progression. Decisions you take should be evidence-based. So your explanation for  treatment choices you make should be intelligently communicated as based on evidence, not just book knowledge

The written exam is based on common case scenarios you meet in musculoskeletal, cardio and neuro physiotherapy, basically

During the clinical aspect of the exam, be sure to always clearly explain your reason for making assessments and treatments. Clinical reasoning is key. If you can communicate your reasoning with sound clinical-based evidence then you're good to go.

Textbooks you can add to the given reading materials are Pryor and Prassad, Brukner and Kahn, Kisner and Colby.

All the best.


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Recruitment Agencies that Cater to Health Professionals

Here are some health recruiting agencies in the UK, Canada and Middle East you can check out. We'll keep populating the list as we get more submissions so remember to check back for updates.

1) KPI Care

2) Harbour West Consulting(Canada)

Harbour West Consulting Inc. specializes in assisting post-secondary, health, public, and not-for-profit organizations and associations in filling executive and senior-level positions.
You can also check their opportunities

3)Swanstaff Recruitment (United Kingdom)

Within our local branches we specialise in temporary roles, focusing on Healthcare Recruitment, Driving and Industrial Recruitment and Office & Commercial Recruitment. Our national recruitment team based at Head Office works within a wide range of sectors, with specialist Consultants providing permanent and temporary recruitment services to clients within the Healthcare, Logistics, Pharmaceutical, Professional Services, Financial and Office and Commercial Sectors.

4) HealthStaff Recruitment (Australia)

HealthStaff Recruitment is Australia’s most successful and leading healthcare recruitment company. Providing recruitment services since 1998, the company has developed extensive expertise and experience in both national and international recruitment of Hospital Doctors, General Practitioners , Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professionals.

Their services include
Assistance with your professional registration, gaining a tax file number, opening a bank account, Work Permit Sponsorship (available for most vacancies), relocation services, among others.

5)CCM Recruitment

CCM is an International Healthcare recruitment company with over 25 years’ experience recruiting healthcare staff for exciting and challenging roles overseas. CCM has offices in Dublin, London, Central Europe, Sydney and Melbourne.
They also provide some form of relocation support to ensure you settle in well.

6)Global Hire Recruitment (Canada)

Global hire provides placement services in the Health Care, Trucking, Welding, General & Skilled labor markets on a contractual or a permanent basis.
They provide services like assistance with work permit, relocation and permanent residency status.

7) Worldwide Health Staff Associates

WorldWideHealthStaff Associates assist you with every aspect of the job placement, professional credentialing, relocation and work visa processes is your assurance that you will be treated with respect and as a professional.

8) Your World Healthcare (Middle east)

Your World Healthcare Middle East assigns a range of healthcare professionals from Nurses and Doctors, the full range of Allied Health Professionals (AHP) and Health Science Services (HSS) and Non-Medical Non-Clinical roles within healthcare settings.

9) Care Consulting (UAE)

Care consulting pecializes in sourcing quality professionals for the health and social care sectors in the middle east.

10) Monroe Medical
Monroe Medical fills in locum and permanent physiotherapy jobs. Whether you are a fresh graduate or experienced physiotherapist you can contact them.
Their services include travel and accommodation assistance, among others.

11) Konnecting
Konnecting offers recruitment, migration and settlement services for skilled workers who want to work in Australia on a permanent or temporary basis. They specialize in international recruitment and migration services.

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Physiotherapy Salary Structure in Australia

When looking for a job as an internationally trained physiotherapist, your focus should not just be on places with the best physiotherapy salary but also those with the best working conditions.

The best physiotherapy jobs may not necessarily be the "highest paid", but those jobs that have employers and the overall system compensate you with benefits that keep you hooked.

Physiotherapy career progression is another very important factor that determines if a job is suitable for you or not, as we all have our various career expectations.

Anyway, what we want to look into is the structure of the physiotherapy salary in Australia. What benefits go with a basic salary? What allowances do you expect to get paid in addition to your salary? How do you actually calculate your salary and how do you know you are getting what you deserve?

These are questions on the minds of physios moving from one country to the other seeking the best paid job.

Australia is one country that takes the care of its workers seriously.

When you are offered a job as a physiotherapist in Australia, in addition to your employment contract, you should get what is called the "the Fair work information statement ". This document informs you about the minimum working standards every employer should offer to the employee.

These are the 10 minimum entitlements that an Australian employer should offer according to the NES (National Employment Standards):

1. A maximum standard working week of 38 hours for full-time employees, plus ‘reasonable’ additional hours.

2. A right to request flexible working arrangements.

3. Parental and adoption leave of 12 months (unpaid), with a right to request an additional 12 months.

4. Four weeks paid annual leave each year (pro rata).

5. Ten days paid personal/carer’s leave each year (pro rata), two days paid compassionate leave for each permissible occasion, and two days unpaid carer’s leave for each permissible occasion.

6. Community service leave for jury service or activities dealing with certain emergencies or natural disasters. This leave is unpaid except for jury service.
7. Long service leave.

8. Public holidays and the entitlement to be paid for ordinary hours on those days.

9. Notice of termination and redundancy pay.

10. The right for new employees to receive the Fair Work Information Statement.

So now you know the minimum entitlements to expect from an Australian employer.

Now, how is the salary for a physiotherapist structured? What comprises the physiotherapy pay?

When applying for jobs in Australia you will likely see some of these terms that are tucked into your salary offer, let's look closely at some of them so you can know how to calculate your salary.

Salary Packaging
The first time I heard salary packaging, I had absolutely no idea what was being packaged.... So what is salary packaging?

Salary packaging is a great way of restructuring your salary by using pre-tax income to buy a range of everyday items, paying your rent or mortgage. This is an Australia Tax Office approved way to save on tax, lowering your taxable income and increasing your take-home pay.

When looking at salary offers, you may see $76,300 + Super...
I wondered what on earth "Super" was...
Super is an abbreviation for "Superannuation" which is the
Money paid by an employer on behalf of an employee into a superannuation fund to provide for the employee’s retirement. Other known term: employer contribution

Other components of your employment contract or salary are likely to be

Additional payment made to employees for doing certain tasks, working in certain locations, using a special skill or for expenses incurred for doing their job.

Annual leave
Annual leave allows an employee to be paid while having time off from work. Other known term: holiday pay.

Paid parental leave
A payment scheme offered by the Australian Government for when an employee goes on leave to have a baby or adopt. Employees can get paid directly from the Australian Government or their employer. Other known term: employer funded paid parental leave.

Parental leave
Employees can take 12 months unpaid leave when a child is born or adopted. Other known terms: maternity or paternity leave, adoption leave and dad and partner leave.

Personal leave
Paid leave taken when an employee can’t go to work because they are ill or injured. Other known term: sick leave

Special maternity leave
Leave that can be taken if the employee has a pregnancy related illness or the pregnancy ends after 12 weeks because of a miscarriage, termination or stillbirth.

Another information contained in the fair work statement is

The Right to request flexible working arrangements

Requests for flexible working arrangements form part of the NES. You may request a change in your working arrangements, including changes in hours, patterns or location of work from your employer if you require flexibility because you: 

• are the parent, or have responsibility for the care, of a child who is of school age or younger

• are a carer (within the meaning of the Carer Recognition Act 2010) 

• have a disability

• are 55 or older 

• are experiencing violence from a member of your family or

• provide care or support to a member of your immediate family or household, who requires care or support because they are experiencing violence from their family

You will also get information on agreement making, termination of employment and other concerns. Get more information on this here

Employers vary in their offers, so you need to know what is important to you, especially as a health worker. Some employers offer subsidized gym/health center membership, discounts on banking and home loans, Corporate health insurance and the list goes on!


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Physiotherapy Management of Spinal Cord Injuries and Autonomic Dysreflexia

Autonomic dysreflexia is a medical emergency as it is a life threatening situation. It is very critical that physiotherapists are informed about this condition especially when handling spinal cord injury patients.

Autonomic dysreflexia is an abnormal and excessive excitation of the sympathetic nervous system (involuntary) in response to stimuli.

Even though autonomic dysreflexia is commonly associated with SCI patients with lesions at T6 and above,  it can also present in non-traumatic causes like in patients with spinal cord tumour or those who have undergone neurosurgery at level T6 and above. It can also be seen in multiple sclerosis

Physical therapists should watch out for signs of Autonomic Dysreflexia when handling neurological cases especially SCI patients with lesions in T6 and above.

Common causes of autonomic dysreflexia are

  • a blocked catheter, 
  • constipation, 
  • pressure ulcers, 
  • tight clothing 
  • some physiotherapy manoeuvres like "stretching" and electrical stimulation.

Some common signs of Autonomic Dysreflexia are

  • a slow heart rate (bradycardia), 
  • increased blood pressure by 20-40mmHg, 
  • severe headache, 
  • Nasal congestion
  • shortness of breath, 
  • flushing of the skin and sweating above the injury

What should a Physiotherapist do if you suspect a patient you are treating is beginning to experience Autonomic Dysreflexia?

  • Your first action is to stop whatever you are doing that could have triggered it, 
  • sit the patient up or raise his head and lower his legs and check his BP. 
  • If it's high call for medical assistance immediately, as Autonomic dysreflexia is life threatening.


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Does Calgary Pay the Highest Physiotherapy Salary in Canada?

When you think of physiotherapy job opportunities you definitely think of going where you can earn the best salary with the best working conditions. Yes, there are many physios that have migrated to Canada, but which cities really have the highest demand for physical therapists? No one wants to just move to another country without the assurance of getting an international job.

I also wonder why some countries know they are in dire need of physiotherapists but still make the employment process narrow and winding...*sigh*. Anyway, enough of my ranting.

So we are looking at Calgary now because there is a high demand for qualified physiotherapists in this city, compared to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

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According to a report by Calgary Economic Development in 2012:

Between 2010 and 2020, demand for these  workers is expected to increase by over 61 per cent, resulting in demand for approximately 2,100 workers in 2020. Employers will likely face difficulties recruiting qualified workers for
both newly-created jobs and existing positions that become vacant. In order to meet the high demand for physiotherapists, Calgary employers may need to access labour markets outside of Calgary, including international labour markets, to meet a portion of their hiring needs. 

So there you have it! There are physiotherapy jobs in Canada, generally but Calgary is saying they need you more.

Another interesting fact about working in Calgary is that the physiotherapy salary is one of the highest in Canada. According to the same report:

Average annual wages of physiotherapists in Calgary are marginally higher than that of in the top-recommended cities in Canada. The mean hourly pay for physiotherapists in Calgary was $37.54 in 2011, compared with $37.14 per hour in Toronto and $35.30 per hour in Vancouver. 

Also , the Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, physiotherapists in Alberta earn an average hourly wage of $43.73 and an average annual salary of $76,095. This is just a basic salary and doesn't include benefits (P.S Calgary is in the Alberta province).

What you need to do to get qualified to work as a physical therapist in Calgary is basically the process which I outlined here previously. If you are also thinking of which Canadian province to apply to, you may consider Alberta so you can move on seamlessly to Calgary.

Highest employers of physios in Calgary are those in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector. So if you are looking for a job as a physiotherapist in Calgary, your best employers would most likely be in:

  • Hospitals and Out patient Care Facilities
  • Home healthcare services
  • Ambulance services
  • Daycare services
  • Vocational rehabilitation services
  • Social Assistance services

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Starting a Physiotherapy Career in Australia - 6 Important Things to Do

If you are an internationally trained physiotherapist and are thinking of moving to Australia, here is a checklist of what you should have. There are many jobs for physiotherapists in Australia, especially in the Musculoskeletal specialty.

Sports physiotherapists also get lots of jobs because Australia is a sporting nation. Australians are also very conscious of being physically active so there are also lots of jobs that involve keeping seniors or the elderly mobile.

So what do you need to get an international job in Australia as a physical therapist?

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1. Your current practising licence as a physiotherapist or lifetime licence if applicable.

2. Get your official transcript from your graduating University of school of physiotherapy.

3. If you don't have your international passport yet, go get it.

4. Do your English Test. Very important. Australia accepts quite a number of English tests accredited to assess your English language proficiency:

Firstly, IELTS - International English Language Testing System. These tests hold weekly in over 120 countries of the world.
Get more information on how to book your tests, where to take your tests, dates for the next available tests and how much the IELTS test costs here

Then OET - Occupational English Test. This should be the exact English test health professionals should take but it's not available in as many countries as the IELTS, tests hold in only 30 countries.
For example, in Africa, Egypt is the only country you can do this test. Get more information about OET here

Then, one of my favourites, PTE Academic. For more information about test centers, how to book your test and preparation materials check here

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5. Apply to get your credentialing done by the APC (Australia Physiotherapy Council).
The APC assesses the credentials of overseas trained physiotherapists who want to practise in Australia.
You will most likely go through the "Standard Assessment Pathway" which comprises 3 stages:

  • Initial Assessment
  • Written Assessment
  • Clinical Assessment

The initial assessment is what you should concern yourself with for now, as once you pass this stage you will be issued an interim certificate which will enable you get a limited registration to work as a physiotherapist under supervision in Australia.

So here are the documents you need to submit for the APC initial assessment:

  • Your Physiotherapy Diploma or Degree certificate
  • Your transcript which contains information on all the courses you took through out the University
  • A copy of the bio data page on your passport as proof of your identification
  • If the name on your certificate (degree) has changed, then you should have a valid document like a marriage certificate to show this.
  • A copy of your most recent practising license
  • And of course, a processing fee of 1100AUD (Australian dollars). This fee is subject to change though

Once you have all these sign up on the APC website, upload scanned copies of all the listed documents above and also make the payment online.

Then send notarized hard copies of the above documents by post to the address given on their website.

When the APC is satisfied with your documents you will be eligible for the interim certificate, which is usually issued 2weeks after receiving the notarized hard copies of your documents.

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6. Now you have your interim certificate which allows you to get a limited registration from the AHPRA. So you can get on a boat, sorry flight, and jump into Oz....well if you're not that adventurous you can join this group to relate with other internationally trained physiotherapists working in or desiring to work in Australia.

It's a very helpful nonprofit group and there's a lot to gain from there. Request to join the AAPTA ( Australian Alliance of Physiotherapists Trained Abroad). They've been on for 10years now and still waxing stronger. It's a great support group.

Send an email to to request to join the group

You will require a yahoo ID to join as this is a yahoo group (duh!)

We wish you all the best in getting your international job as a physiotherapist, don't forget to share with us how this information helped you.

BTW you will need you English test results when you want to register for limited registration with AHPRA or if you choose to take the immigration option.


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World Physical Therapy Day: Physical therapists help add life to years

Physical therapists can help older people to be independent, improving quality of life and reducing health care costs. This is the message from thousands of physical therapists across the world as they prepare to take part in World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September 2016.

Every year, World Physical Therapy Day allows individual physical therapists and WCPT member organisations to celebrate their contribution to global health. This year's event builds on the success of 2015, when thousands of physical therapists used the #worldptday hashtag on Twitter to unite events across the world.

This World Physical Therapy Day uses the theme “Add life to years” and the hashtag #addlifetoyears, following the World Health Organisation's World Report on Ageing and Health which says that “maintenance of functional ability has the highest importance” for older people.

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy played a significant role in the consultations for the new WHO ageing and health strategy. “World Physical Therapy Day is the first opportunity since the adoption of the report for physical therapists to show how important the profession is in ensuring healthy and active older people,” says WCPT President Emma Stokes.

“The evidence of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of physical therapy for older adults is incontrovertible. World Physical Therapy Day, with its focus on adding life to years, gives physical therapists a great platform to communicate this message to older people, the wider community and health care policy and decision-makers.”

By 2050 the global population will include two billion people aged 60 or over, and 400 million aged 80 or over. Physical therapists have a key role in helping people with long-term conditions achieve their goals, fulfil their potential and participate fully in society.

“Every day frontline physical therapists are transforming lives through the application of their clinical skills and experience. This is particularly so when working with older people whose health needs increase as they age”, says WCPT Chief Executive Officer Jonathon Kruger.

“Enabling older people to maintain their independence and continue to participate in society is a key skill of physical therapists around the world. In the coming years these skills will be more in demand and the global profession is willing and able to meet that challenge.”


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Want to Work in Canada As a Physiotherapist? British Colombia Wants You

There are many ways to qualify for the Canadian immigration express entry one of which is the provincial nominee program. So if a province in Canada needs your services or profession they will nominate you for their PNP.

I think an interesting province to look at is British Colombia (BC).

British Colombia has different categories of skilled immigration ; Skilled worker, International graduate, International post-graduate and Health professional.
I'm focusing on the Health professional category because that is a very favourable option for a physiotherapist who desires to work in Canada.

Skilled Immigration - Health care professional

Health care professionals, especially physiotherapists are in high demand in British Colombia so the probability of you getting a nomination is very high. Rather than be on queue following the regular Canadian immigration process, the BC PNP - Health Care professional route will be a surer and quicker route.

Here are the necessary steps to take:

1. Take your IELTS exam

2. Have your credentials assessed by the alliance

To determine whether or not your physiotherapy education is similar (not substantially different) to what is available in Canada, the Alliance uses five criteria. 

I. Verification of Identity through authentic and valid documentation.
II. Completion of a university level, entry-to-practice degree in physiotherapy
III. Successful Completion of a minimum of 1025 hours of supervised clinical practice
IV. Fluency in either English or French
V. Knowledge of the practice of physiotherapy within the Canadian healthcare system

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3. Register and upload your CV or Resume on Health Match BC

Health Match BC is a free physician, nurse and allied health recruitment service funded by the Government of British Columbia. They recruit on behalf of public health employers in the Province of British Colombia. Health Match BC provides information that will ensure you have the qualifications necessary to practice in British Columbia, and also information regarding prospective health employers in BC. Health Match BC only assists physiotherapists seeking opportunities in a BC health authority managed facilities. 

Internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) wanting to work in BC as a physiotherapist (PT) must first apply to the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (the Alliance) for a credentialing assessment. Your educational credentials and qualifications will then be assessed to confirm your eligibility to take the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE), which is administered by the Alliance.

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Provincial Registration 

All physiotherapists in British Columbia must be registered with the College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC) before they can work in BC. The CPTBC is responsible for regulating the practice of physiotherapy in the public interest. 

The CPTBC requires that you have been successfully assessed by the Alliance before you can register. 

There are two main CPTBC categories of registration:
I. Full registration – an IEP who has successfully completed the credentialing process with the Alliance and passed the PCE
II. Interim registration – an IEP who has successfully completed the credentialing process with the Alliance and is registered for the first available PCE. You must also have a confirmed supervisory employment arrangement with a fully registered physiotherapist in BC. 

4. Get an offer of indeterminate or full employment from a public health authority (Health Match BC may be able to help you with that).

Other requirements:
  • minimum two years of directly related full-time (or full-time equivalent) work experience in the skilled occupation that has been offered to you
  • a written offer of employment on official company letterhead from your employer 
  • The letter must be signed and dated by a person authorized to hire employees and also signed and dated by you confirming that you accept the job offer.
  • In addition, the offer of employment must include your job title and duties, your rate of pay, your standard hours of work that the position is indeterminate and full-time (at least an average of 30 hours a week, year-round), any discretionary benefits in addition to those required by law (such as pension and medical plans, disability insurance, sick pay, accommodation and meal allowances, and extra paid vacations).
  • If the position is covered by a collective agreement, a reference to the agreement.

In addition to Health Match BC helping you get a job as a physiotherapist in Canada (British Colombia to be precise), they will guide you through the whole BC provincial nominee program (BC PNP) process.

I wish you all the best.


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Top Distance Learning, Online Postgraduate Health Courses for Physios

If you have a bachelor's degree in physiotherapy and are puzzled about what direction to face in your career as a health professional, this post might be helpful to you.

I know physiotherapists that just went ahead to get another undergraduate degree in medicine and even pharmacy while some just went for an MBA...but what options do you really have with a career in physiotherapy? Well in this post I will be talking to physiotherapists that don't necessarily want a Masters in physiotherapy but want to continue as health professionals.

Physiotherapists are needed in the corporate world and not just hospitals or health centres, so if you find your interests leaning toward prevention of diseases or educating the populace then I have a collection of course suggestions for you. Some of these courses can even be done online...

Graduate Certificate in Health Science
Queensland University of Technology

Ideal for professionals looking to specialise in an area of health. We provide clinicians with the opportunity to undertake a specialisation to meet specific professional development needs. Choose from a wide range of options, including emergency disaster management, environmental health, and occupational health and safety.
Complete in 1 semester full-time or 2 semesters part-time.
Flexible study options - on campus or externally, online learning, or block attendance.
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 6 months full-time
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Graduate Diploma in Health Management
Queensland University of Technology

Prepare for role as manager in chosen health field.
Graduate eligible for membership of the Australian College of Health Service Executives (ACHSE) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA).
Complete in 2 semesters full-time or 4 semesters part-time.
Flexible study options - on campus or externally.
Course duration 1 year full-time
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Graduate Diploma in Public Health
Queensland University of Technology

Ideal for career change, professional advancement, and clinicians looking to expand their skills.
Graduate to a career in food safety, disease control, prevention programs, health promotion and environmental health.
Specialise in emergency and disaster management, health promotion, health services management, epidemiology and research methods, or health, safety and environment
Opportunity to progress to the Master of Public Health.
Flexible study options - on campus or externally.
1 year fulltime.
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Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
Queensland University of Technology

Gain expert knowledge in risk assessment, risk management, ergonomics, occupational health, law, and safety technology.
Complete in 2 semesters full-time, or 4 semesters part-time.
Flexible study options - on campus or externally.
1 year fulltime
Opportunity to progress to the new Master of Health, Safety and Environment
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Master of Health Management
Queensland University of Technology

Prepare to work as a manager across a number of health areas.
Study emergency and disaster management, quality and patient safety, risk management or a cross-specialisation. Note, the major is not part of the award title and does not appear on the graduation parchment.
Graduate eligible for membership of the Australian College of Health Service Executives (ACHSE) and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA).
Choose to combine your coursework with a project or dissertation.
Complete in 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. Applicants with a bachelor degree in a relevant area such as health, law or business may be eligible for 48 credit points of advanced standing on entry to the course. This will reduce the course duration to 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time.
Available online.
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Master of Healthcare Leadership
Southern Cross University

If you're working in a health science discipline, like nursing, allied health or mental health, our engaging, flexible and interactive online Master of Healthcare Leadership course will help you meet the challenges and grab the opportunities of leadership in multidisciplinary and complex healthcare delivery.
Australia has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. It’s the country’s largest employer, and employment opportunities continue to evolve and grow. As a Master of Healthcare Leadership graduate, your new research, clinical and management skills will equip you for leadership roles within primary health care, community outreach organisations, area health services, professional associations, hospitals, private practice, and local, state and federal policy making agencies.
1.5years fulltime, 3 years part time
Available online
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Master of eHealthcare
University of Queensland

Information and communication technology (ICT) is increasingly being used in health care and an understanding of ICT and its applications is now essential for healthcare professionals. This program provides knowledge and hands-on skills in e-healthcare and is suitable for both health professionals wishing to enhance their understanding of and ability to work effectively with ICT, and for graduates wishing to pursue careers in healthcare. The program explores the influence (both advantages and potential challenges) of technology in:
clinical practice
healthcare delivery
Students will critically evaluate developments in e-healthcare, analyse their effectiveness, and consider possible future trends.
1.5 years fulltime
Web based delivery
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Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion
Deakin University

The Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion is incredibly useful for those looking to enter the health sector, as well as those already working in the sector who’d like to pursue management roles.
More and more workplaces are incorporating health promotion activities into their cultures. With our Graduate Certificate of Health Promotion, you will learn about current and emerging health issues in local and global contexts.
Students completing this course can also move into a higher award, such as the Graduate Diploma (H615) or Master of Health (H759).
1 year part time
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