Subgroups of World Physiotherapy

Subgroups are important independent organisations in their own right. They have a specific area of interest, and promote the advancement of physiotherapy and exchange of scientific knowledge in their field.


The International Acupuncture Association of Physical Therapists (IAAPT) is for physiotherapy associations and individuals interested in the practice of acupuncture


The International Organisation of Aquatic Physical Therapists (IOAPT) subgroup has a mission and vision to advance aquatic physiotherapy worldwide.


The International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists (ICCrPT) represents physiotherapists with a special interest in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.


The International Society for Electrophysical Agents in Physical Therapy (ISEAPT) is an international physiotherapy organisation with specific interest in the area of electrophysical agents.

HIV/AIDS, oncology, hospice and palliative care

The International Physical Therapists for HIV/AIDS, Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Care (IPT-HOPE) subgroup vision is to advance physiotherapy management and prevention of HIV/AIDS, oncologic, and hospice and palliative related functional impairments throughout the world and across cultural groups.

Manual/musculoskeletal physiotherapy

The International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) aims to promote and maintain the high standards of specialist education and clinical practice in manual/musculoskeletal physiotherapists.

Mental health

The International Organization of Physical Therapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH) subgroup is for physiotherapists working in the field of psychiatry and mental health


The International Neurological Physical Therapy Association (INPA) represents national groups of physiotherapists with a specialist interest in neurology and neuroscience.

Occupational health and ergonomics

The International Federation of Physical Therapists working in Occupational Health and Ergonomics (IFPTOHE) is for physiotherapists working in the area of occupational health and ergonomics.

Older people

The International Association of Physiotherapists working with Older People (IPTOP) was recognised as a subgroup in 2003 and supports worldwide promotion of physiotherapeutic excellence when working with older people.


The International Organisation of Physiotherapists in Paediatrics (IOPTP) fosters cooperation between physiotherapists practicing in paediatrics around the world.

Pelvic and women's health

The mission of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Pelvic and Women's Health (IOPTPWH) is to improve health care internationally through facilitation and promotion of best-practice women's health physiotherapy.

Private practice

The International Private Physiotherapy Association (IPPTA) aims to support independent private practice worldwide, developing pathways for communication and disseminating information.


The International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy (IFSPT) is a worldwide federation representing national organisations of sports physiotherapy.

About subgroups

These international organisations have met the requirements for recognition as a subgroup of World Physiotherapy. They have to be composed of member organisations or groups recognised by a World Physiotherapy member organisation (members of the groups also have to be members of the member organisation). Subgroups must have at least 10 members, representing at least three of the World Physiotherapy regions.


If your organisation would like to apply to become a subgroup of World Physiotherapy, please email Tracy Bury at [email protected] for more information.

Applications are considered by the World Physiotherapy board.

If an application is approved, a general meeting is asked to confirm subgroup status. The most frequent reason for declining a subgroup application is a conflict between subgroup requirements and the group's membership criteria. All groups represented in the organisation applying for subgroup status must be recognised by the World Physiotherapy member organisation of their country/territory.