Asia Western Pacific region webinar series
This free webinar is only open to members of World Physiotherapy member organisations in the Asia Western Pacific region.
A certificate of attendance will be provided.
Advocacy and regulatory frameworks
Date and time
4 July 2023, 08:00 UTC
Kit Man Ao is the president of Macau Physical Therapists Association, and started her own private practice in 2013.
Kit graduated from Chung Shan Medical University with a BSc in physical therapy and has recently studied for a doctor of physical therapy at Arcadia University in the United States.
As a clinician, Kit’s passion is in musculoskeletal disorders and manual therapy, focusing on Fascia and movement science. She is also certified as a movement instructor, for example in pilates, GYROKINESIS ®. Beside her daily clinical commitments, Kit has presented at a number of physiotherapy conferences in Asia.
Marco Pang obtained his BSc in physical therapy and PhD in neuroscience from the University of Alberta, Canada. He is a professor of the department of rehabilitation sciences and the director of the university research facility in behavioral & systems neuroscience (UBSN), Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
He is the editor-in-chief of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal, associate editor of Physiotherapy Canada, and the president of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association.
Marco's research focuses on geriatric and neurological rehabilitation. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers on rehabilitation research and delivered about 150 invited lectures/seminars/workshops around the world.
Wendy Wang is professor of physical therapy at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei, Taiwan. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from National Taiwan University in 1986, master's from University of Minnesota in 1991, and PhD from Texas Woman’s University in 1999.
She is the president of Taiwan Physical Therapy Association, where she has served on the board of directors since 1991.
Wendy's research interests include manual therapy, motor control, and biomechanics in musculoskeletal physical therapy. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers in professional journals. In addition to her research activity, Wendy maintains a weekly caseload of patients at an outpatient clinic in a general hospital.
The regulations for physiotherapy vary in different countries and territories and sometimes limit professional autonomy in physiotherapy practice.
Direct access to a physiotherapist or patient self-referral is one of the highlights of professional autonomy. It is cost-effective, enhances the quality of health services for patients, and can mitigate delays to accessing appropriate care.
In this webinar, representatives from the Macau Physical Therapists Association, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, and Taiwan Physical Therapy Association will share their experiences of regulating the physiotherapy profession and gaining professional autonomy.