Photograph from general meeting in Geneva in 2019

About us

Founded in 1951, we are the sole international voice for physiotherapy. We represent more than 685,000 physiotherapists worldwide, through our 125 member organisations.  World Physiotherapy operates as a non-profit organisation and is registered as a charity (World Confederation for Physical Therapy) in the UK. 

Our vision

Our vision is to move physiotherapy forward, so the profession is recognised globally for its significant role in improving health and wellbeing.

We are committed to furthering the physiotherapy profession and improving global health through:

  • encouraging high standards of physiotherapy research, education and practice
  • supporting the exchange of information between our regions and member organisations
  • collaborating with national and international organisations

Our mission

As the international voice of physiotherapy, our mission is to:

  • unite the profession internationally
  • represent physiotherapy and physiotherapists internationally
  • promote high standards of physiotherapy practice, education and research
  • facilitate communication and information exchange among member organisations, regions, subgroups and their members
  • collaborate with national and international organisations
  • contribute to the improvement of global health

World Physiotherapy believes every individual is entitled to the highest possible standard of culturally appropriate healthcare delivered in an atmosphere of trust and respect for human dignity and underpinned by sound clinical reasoning and scientific evidence

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Our history

Find out more about the history of World Physiotherapy and when our member organisations were admitted

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