World Physiotherapy North America Caribbean region

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About the region

The region has 14 member organisations and has a programme to reach out to other potential World Physiotherapy members.

The region has published documents establishing physiotherapists as the profession of choice to help people exercise throughout their lives, and has placed an emphasis on continuing education with a series of courses on clinical issues during the regional meetings. It is also addressing the free movement of physiotherapists between countries under the free trade agreement for the Caribbean community (CARICOM).

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    Profile of the profession in this region

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    Barbados

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    <100

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

    1-5

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    >80%

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    >80%

    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?

    Partnership

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

    Yes, more than one

    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

    Bermuda

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    <100

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

    5-10

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    40-60%

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    60-80%

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

    0

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Partnership

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

    Yes, the WCPT member organisation specific standard

    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

    Canada

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    >10000

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

    5-10

    What proportion of physiotherapist members are female?

    40-60%

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    60-80%

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Masters 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?

    Independent

    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

    Guyana

    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

    5-10

    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?

    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

    Haiti

    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

    <1

    Is registration required to practice?

    No

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Not defined

    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?

    No

    Jamaica

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    <100

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

    1-5

    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?

    Other

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

    Yes, the WCPT 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?

    No

    Panama

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    100-1000

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

    1-5

    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?

    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?

    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

    Puerto Rico

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    100-1000

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

    10-15

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Professional doctorate

    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, more than one

    Are physiotherapists educated for autonomous practice?

    Yes

    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

    St Lucia

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    <100

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

    <1

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    >80%

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

    0

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Independent

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

    No

    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

    Suriname

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    <100

    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?

    60-80%

    What is the minimum qualification required to practice?

    Masters degree

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

    5-10

    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?

    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

    Trinidad and Tobago

    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?

    40-60%

    What proportion of practising physiotherapists are female?

    60-80%

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

    0

    Is registration required to practice?

    Yes

    Which authority defines scope of practice?

    Independent

    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 support personnel work with physiotherapists?

    Yes

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

    No

    United States

    How many physiotherapist members does our member organisation have?

    >10000

    How many practising physiotherapists per 10,000 population

    5-10

    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?

    Professional doctorate

    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?

    Independent

    Is practice guided by specified standards of practice?

    Yes, the WCPT member organisation specific 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

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