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Zimbabwe Physiotherapy Association

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The Zimbabwe Physiotherapy Association has been a member of World Physiotherapy since 1970 and is part of our Africa region.

Year established

1972

World Physiotherapy member since

1970

Year members reported

2019

Number of physiotherapist members

63

Contact details

Zimbabwe: a profile of the profession in 2019

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Physiotherapist

About Zimbabwe Physiotherapy Association and the physiotherapy profession in Zimbabwe

Practising physiotherapists in the country/territory

502

0.35

Per 10,000 population

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% female

68%

In this country/territory

65%

In this region

66%

Globally

Physiotherapist members in this member organisation (MO)

63

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% female

75%

In this MO

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

2

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

Ministry of Health or another government department

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Standards of practice

The standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority

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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

Special interest groups recognised by the member organisation

Profile of the profession in this region

A global profile of the profession is also available.

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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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