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Member organisation

South African Society of Physiotherapy

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The South African Society of Physiotherapy is a founding member of World Physiotherapy in 1951 and is part of our Africa region.

Subgroups

The South African Society of Physiotherapy recognises the following subgroups:

Year established

1924

World Physiotherapy member since

1951

Year members reported

2020

Number of physiotherapist members

4,349

South Africa: a profile of the profession in 2020

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Physiotherapist

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Physical Therapist

About South African Society of Physiotherapy and the physiotherapy profession in South Africa

Practising physiotherapists in the country/territory

7,937

1.37

Per 10,000 population

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% female

80%

In this country/territory

62%

In this region

63%

Globally

Physiotherapist members in this member organisation (MO)

4,349

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% female

86%

In this MO

72%

In MOs in this region

61%

In MOs globally

Physiotherapy professional entry level education

Minimum qualification required to practice

Bachelors degree

Equivalent fulltime years

4

Number of programmes

8

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

One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities

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Standards of practice

More than one

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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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Limitations

Due to the referral system in public sector and admission criteria at rehabilitation centres it might be difficult to accept self-referrals. Private medical Schemes have their own rules which might include not to pay for X-rays which were ordered by a physiotherapist.

Special interest groups recognised by the member organisation

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events

Http://www.hpcsa.co.za

HPCSA overseen all CPD activities

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