International Organization of Physical Therapists in Pelvic and Women's Health (IOPTPWH)

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About the subgroup

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

The objectives of IOPTPWH are to:

  • foster cooperation between physiotherapists practicing in women's health throughout the world
  • encourage improved standards and consistency of practice in women's health care by physiotherapists
  • advance practice by communication and exchange of information
  • encourage scientific research and promote opportunities for the spread of knowledge of new developments in the field of women's health
  • assist member countries in the development of recognised sub-sections in women's health


IPOPTWH’s membership comprises recognised women’s health (or obstetrics/gynaecology) sub-sections of parent national physiotherapy organisations which are World Physiotherapy member organisations in good standing. More detailed information can be found in sections 4-6 of the IOPTWH Constitution (PDF).

If you are a member of an officially recognised women’s health subgroup of a national association and want information on how your subgroup can become an official member of IOPTWH, please contact the IOPTWH secretary.


Individuals from countries not currently members of IOPTWH can become part of the Friends group by contacting the IOPTWH secretary. We encourage individuals to form interest groups in women's health within their country if they do not currently exist.


IOPTWH is committed to offering educational opportunities and has held a conference or course every four years. These have either been run as part of a World Physiotherapy Congress (pre-Congress course or satellite programme) or as a stand-alone event. Future courses and conferences will be advertised on this site, and by direct email contact to delegates and friends of IOPTWH.

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