International Acupuncture Association of Physical Therapists (IAAPT)

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About the subgroup

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

It was founded in 1991 and became a subgroup of World Physiotherapy in 1999.

It was formed by a core group of physiotherapists from parts of the world where physiotherapists had been practicing acupuncture since the early 1980s – Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sweden and the UK.

Since becoming a subgroup in 1999, membership has grown to include member organisations in Argentina, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, and Macau. There are individual physiotherapy members in other countries/territories.

The subgroup consists of academics and clinicians from member organisations. It promotes the dissemination of ideas by means of a journal produced three times a year.

Every four years a general meeting is held, at which officers are appointed and accounts approved. This meeting coincides with the World Physiotherapy congress.

IAAPT encourages a broad approach to the practice of acupuncture, being aware that members need to conform to the rules and regulations that govern registration in their own countries/territories.

Standards of practice for basic safety have been established and accepted by member organisations. IAAPT is continuing to work towards an accepted international basic training.

Each country/territory is represented in regional committees. IAAPT has an executive committee and education committee, publication editor and sub-editor (see list of officers and regional representatives).

Year subgroup recognised

1999

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