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Physiotherapy Association of Malawi

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The Physiotherapy Association of Malawi has been a member of World Physiotherapy since 1999 and is part of our Africa region.

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The Physiotherapy Association of Malawi recognises the following subgroup:

World Physiotherapy member since

1999

Year members reported

2019

Number of physiotherapist members

65

Contact details

      Malawi: a profile of the profession in 2019

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      About Physiotherapy Association of Malawi and the physiotherapy profession in Malawi

      Practising physiotherapists in the country/territory

      124 (estimated)

      0.07

      Per 10,000 population

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      % female

      65%

      In this region

      66%

      Globally

      Physiotherapist members in this member organisation (MO)

      65

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      % female

      70%

      In MOs in this region

      58%

      In MOs globally

      Physiotherapy professional entry level education

      Minimum qualification required to practice

      Bachelors degree

      Equivalent fulltime years

      4

      Number of programmes

      1

      Regulation

      * = Continuing Professional Development

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      Registration required to practice

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      CPD* required for re-registration

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      CPD* required for membership

      Practice

      Which authority defines scope of practice

      WCPT member organisation

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      Standards of practice

      The WCPT standard

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      Education for autonomous practice

      All programmes

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      Legislation to prevent private practice

      Physiotherapists are permitted to

      Direct access

      *Direct access means a person can refer themselves to a physiotherapist without referral from another health professional

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      Direct access* permitted?

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      Can people self refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Will this be reimbursed?

      In part

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      Can people self refer to physiotherapists in the public system?

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      Special interest groups recognised by the member organisation

      Profile of the profession in this region

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      Benin

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      20-40%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      40-60%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      No

      Is direct access permitted?

      No

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      No

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Cameroon

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      100-1000

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      20-40%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      40-60%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Diploma

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      1-5

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the WCPT member organisation specific standard

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      No

      Is direct access permitted?

      No

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      No

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      Yes

      Congo (Democratic Republic)

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      100-1000

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Diploma

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      5-10

      Is registration required to practice?

      No

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Eswatini

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      60-80%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      60-80%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      0

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Ethiopia

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      <20%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      20-40%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Diploma

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Independent

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, more than one

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      No

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Ghana

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      100-1000

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      40-60%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      40-60%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, more than one

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Some

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Ivory Coast

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      20-40%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      40-60%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      No

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      No

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      No

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Kenya

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      100-1000

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Diploma

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Some

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      No

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Madagascar

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      20-40%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      40-60%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Diploma

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      No

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Some

      Is direct access permitted?

      No

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      No

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Malawi

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the WCPT standard

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Mali

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      <20%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      20-40%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Masters degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      No

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      No

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      Yes

      Mauritius

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      1-5

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the WCPT standard

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Some

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Namibia

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      100-1000

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      1-5

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      No

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      No

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Niger

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      20-40%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      20-40%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Diploma

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      No

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      No

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      No

      Is direct access permitted?

      No

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      No

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Nigeria

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      100-1000

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      <20%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      20-40%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Independent

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, more than one

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      Yes

      Rwanda

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      20-40%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      40-60%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Diploma

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Partnership

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      No

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Senegal

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      20-40%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      40-60%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      South Africa

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      1000-10000

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      1-5

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      60-80%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      >80%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Independent

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, more than one

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Sudan

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      <20%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      20-40%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Diploma

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      0

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Some

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Tanzania

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      20-40%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      40-60%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Diploma

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      No

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      No

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      No

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Togo

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      <20%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      <20%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      No

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Uganda

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Diploma

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Partnership

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Zambia

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      <20%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      60-80%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      1-5

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Partnership

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, more than one

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

      Zimbabwe

      How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

      <100

      How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

      <1

      What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

      20-40%

      What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

      60-80%

      What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

      Bachelors degree

      How many entry level education programmes per 5,000,000 population

      <1

      Is registration required to practice?

      Yes

      Which authority defines scope of practice?

      Government

      Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

      Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

      Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

      Yes

      Is direct access permitted?

      Yes

      Can people self-refer to physiotherapists in private practice?

      Yes

      Do support personnel work with physiotherapists?

      Yes

      Do physiotherapists need to be a member of our member organisation to practice?

      No

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