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Network News - Volume 2, Number 1

In This Issue:

Telehealth in Physiotherapy Webcast, Part 2 - February 25, 2015

The second Webcast on Telehealth was on February 25, 2015 and presented by Alan C. Lee, USA and Trevor Russell, Australia.

This session continued the discussion of telehealth in physiotherapy as a global regulatory issue with examples from Australia and the United States.

About the prensenters:
Alan C. Lee (USA): Telehealth Pediatric Consultation: Implications for connecting PTs to heal the world. The benefits of integrating telehealth from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, United States to Tijuana, Mexico has taken collaboration, communication, and coordination.

Trevor Russell (Australia): This presentation will outline recent advances in telerehabilitation applications within the field of physical therapy. Research which demonstrates both the validity and diagnostic accuracy of remote home-base physical assessment and the outcomes of telerehabilitation interventions for orthopaedic patients will be presented. Service delivery strategies, lessons learned and future directions of telerehabilitation will be considered.

View this webcast by subscribing (free) to the INPTRA website. Once you’ve subscribed and logged on, go to Subscribers/Webcasts.

Physiotherapy Regulatory Model Updates

Ireland’s regulatory structure changes

Currently Ireland is preparing for a change in how they regulate physiotherapists. Under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005(amended), CORU will be the agency responsible for statutory registration of 14 professions, including physiotherapists.

The Physiotherapists Registration Board was appointed mid-2014 and they are working to open registration for physiotherapists as soon as is practicable.

Currently the Irish Society for Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) is the competent authority for any international applicants who wish to have their qualifications recognised to allow them to apply for work in Ireland.

When the register is open, there will be a grandparenting/transition period for existing practitioners with more than two years’ work experience in Ireland.

For anyone working in Ireland for the first time, either as a new graduate or as a person who has had a qualification recognised, they will have to apply for registration.

On the date that the register opens, the responsibility for the competent authority or international qualifications recognition will transfer from the ISCP to the Physiotherapists Registration Board.

If you require any further details, please contact John Conroy, Communications Manager CORU at

Australia recently adopted national registration
The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act (“the National Law”) outlines the regulatory model for physiotherapists and 13 other health professions. Physiotherapists are required to register with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia in order to use the title ‘physiotherapist’ or ‘physical therapist’ and to perform the restricted practice of manipulation of the cervical spine.

The Board (comprising eight practitioner and four community members), works in partnership with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to administer the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme under the National Law.

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Are you attending WCPT 2015? If so, we’d love to see you at INPTRA 2015, held April 29-30, 2015 at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore.

Singapore’s Golden Jubilee - hotels may become scarce
Did you know that 2015 is Singapore’s Golden Jubilee? Singapore is celebrating 50 years of being a sovereign nation! Congratulations to all Singaporeans!

This means that reasonable hotel rooms may become scarce.

If you plan on coming, be sure to make your hotel reservations and register for the meeting no later than March 20th.

Focus on international physiotherapy regulation issues
Physiotherapists from Australia, Canada, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and the United States will present on the following topics:

  • Mobility and Common Standards
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Ethics, Enforcement and Compliance
  • Emerging Physiotherapy Regulation
  • Multi-professional/Cross-professional Regulation

And to ensure that attendees really have a chance to interact at this global meeting, attendees will choose four topics to discuss in greater depth.

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Congratulations to Our Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to Our Scholarship Recipients The INPTRA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that they have awarded scholarships to attend INPTRA 2015 to the following individuals. Both individuals clearly demonstrated a strong commitment to furthering the regulation of physiotherapy in their country and in the international arena. They will be presenting at INPTRA 2015 on Emerging Physiotherapy Regulation. 

   Douglas Kotut, Physiotherapy Council of Kenya
Douglas Chepkwony Kotut is a licensed physiotherapist with Bsc physiotherapy from Jomo Kenyatta University. Has 12 years working experience working in various hospitals including Garissa provincial hospital, Kayole sub district hospital and Mama Lucy Kibaki hospital.

He was elected in 2006 as the executive official representing north eastern Kenya in the Kenya society of physiotherapy (KSP). In 2012 was elected as the vice president of the Kenya society of physiotherapists (KSP). Re-elected for the same position in 2014.

He is also the chairman of the editorial board of KSP.

Nominated in January 2015 among the interim officials to serve in the physiotherapy council of Kenya (PCK).

  T.M.U. Sanjeewa Tunpattu, Sri Lanka Society of Physiotherapy, Sri Lanka Physiotherapy Council 
Sanjeewa Tunpattu is a senior physiotherapist of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka. He graduated from the School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy and the Open University of Sri Lanka. He also has completed Certificates in Life Support for Physically Disabled of the International University of Health and Welfare, Japan and Teaching for Health Professionals of National Institute of Health Sciences.

Tunpattu has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Peradeniya, University of Colombo and School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Sri Lanka. He has been a consultant on exercises and physical activities to the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Currently, he is a member of research team of the National Intensive Care Surveillance, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. He also is a resource person for educational and professional development activities of the Youth, Elderly and Disabled Persons Unit of the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.

Tunpattu has been the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Society of Physiotherapy and country representative to WCPT since 2005. Also he is a member of the executive committee and the chair of the working committee on Physiotherapy for Social Development of the Government Physiotherapists’ Association of Sri Lanka.

He has been selected as a speaker of the WCPT congress 2015. He was a symposium speaker and a session co-chair of the WCPT AWP and ACPT congress 2013 and 2005. He has attended and presented papers at international conferences and meetings on physiotherapy, rehabilitation and Health Education in India, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. He has published scientific papers and articles in national and international journals, books and magazines. He is an author of the several books and DVDs on physiotherapy, exercises and physical activities for a healthy life.

Thanks to Our INPTRA 2015 Sponsors

The Alliance and its member regulators (Alberta and Nova Scotia)

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy

Prometric Test Development and Delivery

Coming Soon - The INPTRA Survey

We are very interested in engaging more physiotherapy regulators in our work!

We will be sending a survey to physiotherapy regulatory organizations asking you to evaluate current INPTRA resources and potential new resources. We also want to hear what you would find most helpful from an international perspective.

Physiotherapy regulators, look for INPTRA’s survey to come out in March 2015!

Submit your country’s regulatory model

If you would like to submit a model of your country's physiotherapy regulation, please send the following information (in English and MS Word, please) to

  • Country: The name of your country.
  • Point of Contact: Your name, position and email address. This is for INPTRA's information only and will not be posted on the website.
  • Regulatory Model: Provide a brief one-paragraph summary.
  • Website: The website of the organization that represents physiotherapy regulators in your country.
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